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Mather Arch – A monument to the friendship of two nations

November 2019

The Mather Arch is the centrepiece of Mather Arch Park in Fort Erie, Ontario. Built by the Niagara Parks Commission in 1939 the arch, with its beautiful manicured gardens, is dedicated to Alonzo C. Mather, the architect of the nearby International Peace Bridge.

The towering limestone arch was built on seventy-five acres of land donated by Mather, along with a significant financial donation by Mather for the arch’s construction, as a tribute to the peace and friendship between Canada and the United States, and as a grand gateway to Canada.

Mather Arch Park is a popular spot for formal outdoor receptions, weddings, photo shoots and socializing.

A cenotaph dedicated to veterans from Fort Erie who died in World War I, World War II and the Korean War, sits to the east of the arch, facing the Niagara River.

A restoration of the Mather Arch occurred in 2000, ensuring it will continue to be an important part of Fort Erie and Canada for generations to come.

Sources: https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit/weddings/mather-arch-park, http://niagarafied.ca/niagara-life/niagara-parks-pop-up-at-mather-arch, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Erie,_Ontario, http://www.whitehern.ca/result.php?doc_id=W-MCP7-1.154

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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