Permanent bicentennial plaque to be dedicated by international team
Put-In-Bay Township, OH – April 20, 2015— Memorial Day ceremonies remembering the importance of the War of 1812 and the 557 who served during the Battle of Lake Erie will take place Monday, May 25 at noon on the steps of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.
Representatives from The US Navy, Coast Guard, Great Britain, Canada and the Flagship Niagara will speak highlighting the Battle of Lake Erie bicentennial as well as the importance of the War of 1812. At the conclusion of the ceremonies, a permanent plaque will be unveiled to honor those who served and the 557 modern-day sailors, who stood in their place during the 2013 re-enactment of the Battle of Lake Erie.
A 21-gun salute with canon fire will honor the memory of those who fought so bravely and were part of what was a historic turning point in the War of 1812.
On Sunday, May 24, at 7pm, a gala celebration will take place at the Put-in-Bay Conference Center. Entertainment, music, light food along with the presentation introducing the new Battle of Lake Erie movie will take place. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.BattleOfLakeErie-Bicentennial.com or by calling 440-349-3210. On Monday, May 25, the Flagship Niagara will be in port and opened to the public with deck tours from 1-7 pm. (Tickets are $7.00.)
According to David Zavagno, chairman of the Perry Group’s Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial celebration, “The Treaty of Ghent is one of the most important days in Ohio’s long and storied history. Memorial Day 2015 will bring together thousands to honor those who served gallantly in The Battle of Lake Erie.”
Donald R. Hickey, professor of history at Wayne State College in Nebraska and author of The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict states: “If the American Revolution established the nation, the War of 1812 confirmed the nationhood. Convinced that they had won the war, the American people emerged from the contest with a buoyant self-confidence, with a clear idea of their identity and a newfound sense of propose.”
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Ohio was built to recognize the decisive victory of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry over the powerful British Navy during the Battle of Lake Erie. According to Mr. Hickey: “…not only did it secure naval superiority in Lake Erie, but it also paved the way for the American victory on land.”
Perry’s battle flag with the iconic words “Don’t Give Up the Ship” is now on display at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. “DGUTS” is known throughout the U.S. Navy and is a central command for all midshipmen.
About the Treaty of Ghent
The initial terms of the treaty were written in 10 days, but it wasn’t until December 24, 1814 that both sides agreed to the terms and even longer, due to poor telecommunications, to officially announce to all parties involved that the war was over. The war of 1812 officially ended on February 16, 1815, after nearly six months of peace negotiations in the city of Ghent, which is now Belgium.
About Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (IPM) is located within the Village of Put-in-Bay, OH. Put-in-Bay is on South Bass Island. IPM was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace between Britain, Canada and the U.S. The Memorial, a Doric column, rising 352 feet over Lake Erie is situated 5 miles from the longest undefended border in the world. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/pevi/index.htm
About The Perry Group
The Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, also known as The Perry Group, is a volunteer, nonprofit organization working with the National Park Service and the local, national, and international community to commemorate the Battle of Lake Erie and celebrate the long-lasting peace between Britain, Canada and the United States.
Since 1989, The Perry Group has supported Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in its educational, historic and peacekeeping goals through the promotion and sponsorship of the Memorial’s programs and special events. For more information, visit http://theperrygroup.org/
For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Nancy M. Valent, 216-513-8740, nancy@NMVstrategies.com