A new monument in Canada is using 22 tons of limestone from Bloomington-based Indiana Limestone Co. The hand-carved blocks are incorporated into the First Nations Peace Monument in Ontario as the nation celebrates its 150th anniversary.
The monument pays tribute to Laura Secord, who gained recognition for warning British troops of an upcoming invasion by American forces during the War of 1812. Indiana Limestone Co. says the monument also recognizes the contributions First Nations people in the Niagara region and the history of Canada.
Friends of Laura Secord says "the monument is intended to generate a deeper understanding of the heritage and ongoing history of First Nations peoples, and to illuminate the founding role they played (and continue to play) in the ever-evolving North American cultural mosaic."
Douglas Cardinal designed the monument and Ottawa’s Smith & Barber – Sculpture Atelier Inc. prepared and carved it.
In October, the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce honored Indiana Limestone Co. as its Company of the Year, which continues a major comeback for the historic company after its emergence from bankruptcy two years ago.