The Monument of Friendship is Officay Unveiled in Carleton Place
Amidst the pouring rain and the below-normal summer temperature, representatives from countries in other parts of the world found themselves side by side with Carleton Place’s community members, all gathering to celebrate “goodwill, peace, cooperation, and unity.”
Wendy LeBlanc, Mayor of Carleton Place, Councillor Gary Strike along with the Town’s community gave a warm welcome to all the guests at the official unveiling ceremony of the International Cairn took place at St. James Park in Carleton Place on Saturday, 16 August 2014.
Among the 12 countries that had contributed the rocks to the Town’s restoration of the International Cairn project are such as Azerbaijan, Armenia, Latvia, the Philippines, and Thailand which was represented by Chargé d' Affaires Nantana Sivakua and Minister Counsellor Narong Boonsatheanwong who joined in the ceremony that emphasized the importance of the international brotherhood of the world.
The Mayor, Father David Andrew, a priest at St James Anglican Church, and the Councillor all delivered inspiring messages with a united theme that glorified the collaboration of people from different backgrounds. It’s the combination of differences that makes the Cairn much more unique and the world much more beautiful.
The Town’s musical band played "O Canada" to salute the raising of the Canadian flag which was raised by Councillor Gary Strike and his nephew. It was followed by the UN flag, raised by a retired UN peacekeeper, Jake Gallipeau, and accompanied by “It’s a Small World”. Lastly, Clerk Duncan Rogers and his son Braden had the honor to raise the Carleton Place flag accompanied by “Military Escort”.
After everyone had a chance to see the Cairn up close, there was one nice surprise taking place with the Mississippi river in the background. The pigeons were released into the sky symbolizing peace and liberation which was so well connected with the message of the whole ceremony.
Chargé Nantana took the opportunity to thank Mayor LeBlanc and Councillor Strike for their thoughtful invitation to include a rock from Thailand in the historic cairn and said that “governments come and go, diplomats also come and go, but the rock stays forever. So I hope the rock will serve as a symbol for everlasting friendship from the people of Thailand to the people of Carleton Place”.
At the end of the ceremony, the Mayor bid farewell and said that the next time we come, the Town will welcome us with the sunshine. But we may not need the sunshine when the hospitality and the friendliness of the community have already guaranteed us that our hearts will always be warmed in Carleton Place.
With this being said, whether rain or shine, it’s always a good time to go visit Carleton Place especially when this unique International Cairn is officially revealed to the public.
Please be sure to take a look at the rock from Thailand which is approximately 200 million years old and exclusively selected from the well-known Rare Stone Museum in Pathum Thani Province. It’s now permanently displayed with all the other rocks collected from several countries that have different historic backgrounds.
It’s a true testament that a small community, when comes together, can create a significant piece of the monument.
Reported by Suranchana Pattamakowit, 18 August 2014