Feb. 8, 2010

Olympic Torch Will Be at Blaine's Peace Arch Park

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The Olympic torch will be making a stop at Blaine's Peace Arch Park on  Tuesday, Feb. 9. The events are free and include entertainment.

The Olympic torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games.  In 1936, Carl Diem, the chairman of the organizing committee for the 1936 Games, suggested what is now the modern Olympic Torch relay.  The Olympic flame is lit at the ancient site of Olympia by women wearing ancient-style robes and using a curved mirror and the sun, it  is then passed along from runner to runner from this ancient site to the Olympic stadium in the hosting city. The flame is kept lit until the end of the Games.

If you miss it there it will be making it's way to Vancouver over the next few days at these  locations.

"Abbotsford: The party will begin at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Abbotsford Exhibition Park, not far north of Sumas. The torch is expected to arrive at about 7 p.m., followed by a cauldron lighting. Parking at the site will be limited, and the event is scheduled to run until 8 p.m.

Surrey: The torch is expected to arrive at about 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Surrey's Holland Park. A community torch celebration will begin at 5:45 p.m.

White Rock: The torch will pass through White Rock starting at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. White Rock firefighters will host a fundraiser pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the White Rock Community Centre, 15154 Russell Ave. Olympic athletes from the region will sign autographs.

Peace Arch Park: At about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, the torch comes to Peace Arch Provincial Park, just across the border. Take exit 276 off Interstate 5 and head to Peace Arch State Park to get one of about 200 parking spaces. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell are scheduled to be there."

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