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The Development of Lake Erie Ports Transit between Canada and the Erie Islands

The upgraded security in the United States post 911 including on Lake Erie has dramatically changed the ability of boaters to visit either the mainland in Canada or Pelee Island. In addition, well documented conflicts and stopping vessels on the Lake unnecessarily have been widely reported for years. It is virtually impossible to check in on a return trip from Pelee Island or the Canadian Coast. The immigration system is broken and logical minds and a bit of effort suggests it can be fixed.

The Lake Erie Heritage Foundation is focused on improving the ability of both Canadians and United States citizens to visit Pelee Island, the mainland or any of the Islands with ease. A updated system automated with modern technology and cooperation between both sides is needed.

This initiative was kicked off with a meeting Memorial Day Weekend with State Representative Randy Gardner and a group of concerned citizens from both the US and Canada. The discussion highlighted the unbelievable headaches and hassles of crossing the Lake and trying to use the system currently in place. Meetings will be scheduled with both state and federal representatives including Homeland Security as well as our Canadian Government Representatives, to institute an upgraded system that works. We can create both a smooth transit of goods and services as well as individuals between countries.

The only way for goods to enter the United States from Canada in this region is via Detroit or Buffalo. The closest distance between the United States and Canada from Ohio is direct from the Western Basin. One of the goals of the Lake Erie Heritage Foundation is to explore the opportunity of re-energizing the port cities in Northwest Ohio along with the southern Canadian cities to allow goods, services or people to transfer via the lake between the two closest points. One could envision over time significant volume of goods and services employing this route and cutting days or possibly in some instances weeks with a more direct route. At a minimum passengers between the two locations would be a great opportunity for both countries. This would open the southern tier port cities on the Canadian side as well as the Western Basin for easy transit.

The Lake Erie Heritage Foundation is actively engaged in working on these two projects and we will keep you updated with progress.

Naming the O.H. Perry

The Navy is currently constructing Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers, a class of guided missile destroyer vessels. Destroyers are named for distinguished US Navy and US Marine Corps officers and enlisted men by the Secretary of the Navy. The Lake Erie Heritage Foundation is currently lobbying to name a new Navy Burke Class Destroyer the O.H. Perry, in honor of Commander Oliver Hazard Perry. It is our organization’s mission to continue to honor and memorialize Perry’s heroic acts during the War of 1812. Perry and his men fought for the American ideal. They died to keep us free. There is no better way to recognize and remember Perry’s heroic sacrifices than to name a naval ship in his honor.

United States Ship Naming Conventions

United Sates ship naming conventions for the US Navy were established by the Assistant Secretary of Navy, Theodore Roosevelt. Ship name recommendations are conditioned by such factors as the name categories for ship types now being built, as approved by the Secretary of the Navy; the distribution of geographic names of ships of the Fleet; names borne by previous ships which distinguished themselves in service; names recommended by individuals and groups; and names of naval leaders, national figures, and deceased members of the Navy and Marine Corps who have been honored for heroism in war or for extraordinary achievement in peace.

History of Naval Destroyer

Nicknamed the “Greyhounds of the Sea,” The destroyer evolved from the need of navies to counter a new ship which made a devastating debut in the Chilean Civil War of 1891 and in the Sino-Japanese War of 1894. This was the swift, small torpedo boat that could dash in close to the larger ships, loose their torpedoes and dash away. The world’s navies recognized the need for a counter weapon and so the torpedo boat destroyer – later just “destroyer” – was born. From the first U.S. destroyer commissioned in 1902 to the famous ships of World War II to the Spruance-class to the Arleigh Burke-class, the U.S. Navy’s destroyers have been evolving. And that evolution continues into the 21st century with the coming of the DD(X).

USS Johnson (DD-821)

SS Johnston (DD-821) was a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy, the second Navy ship named for Lieutenant John V. Johnston of Cincinnati, Ohio served in the Navy during the American Civil War. He entered the Navy in September 1861 as First Master in gunboat St. Louis. He assisted in the Union gunboat attacks that captured strategic Fort Henry on the Tennessee River 6 February 1862. The night of 1 April 1862 he was the Navy commander of a combined Army-Navy boat expedition from St. Louis which landed and spiked the guns of Fort No. 1 above the Confederate stronghold, Island No. 10. He was promoted to Acting Volunteer Lieutenant for gallantry in this expedition. After joining in the bombardments of Vicksburg, he took command of Forrest Rose to patrol the Mississippi River and its tributaries. On 15 February 1864 his gunboat repelled the attack of confederate raiders, saving the town of Waterproof, Louisiana, and its federal garrison. LT Johnston resigned from the naval service 23 June 1864 and died 23 April 1912 at St. Louis, Missouri.

John Paul Jones (DDG-53)

USS John Paul Jones honors the Father of the American Navy. Born in Scotland, Commodore John Paul Jones earned the undying respect and admiration of his countrymen by his extraordinary courage, tactical genius and audacity during the American War for Independence. Without hesitation, he took the war at sea to the British, attacking their coastlines and capturing their ships in the British fleet’s home waters. These acts inspired and transformed the fledgling Colonial Navy from an upstart band of rebels to a recognized fighting force, providing critical justification for recognition of the colonies and their right to independence from Great Britain.

Perry beat the British, now he lands a film

Tom Jackson • tomjackson@sanduskyregister.com

SANDUSKY — Oliver Hazard Perry led an American fleet to victory in the War of 1812 in perhaps the most decisive action of the war.

So he’s earned his new documentary film about the Battle of Lake Erie, fought on Lake Erie near Put-in-Bay.

A producer says that a coffee table book and a miniseries are in the works, too.

Filming has begun on “We Have Met the Enemy,” a documentary on the 1813 battle. Shooting began early this year in Erie, Pa., and continued in late June in Newport, R.I., where the war hero is buried.

The documentary is being produced by Lou Reda Productions, which has a long track record in making documentaries. Scott Reda is serving as the executive producer for “We Have Met the Enemy,” with John Kuzdale and Mark Nixon also serving as executive producers.

Scott Reda said that Kuzdale and Nixon phoned him a year and a half ago, asking if he’d take on the project.

That made sense, considering the track record of Lou Reda Productions.

They’ve made many documentaries, including “WW 2 in HD: The Air War,” and “The Three Wars of the Battleship Missouri.” Back in 1982, company founder Lou Reda made a CBS miniseries, “The Blue and the Gray,” with Gregory Peck as Abe Lincoln.

But Scott Reda already was primed for the project. Several years ago, when he came along to his son’s job interview in Erie, Pa., Reda wound up spending hours at the city’s maritime museum, which focuses on the Battle of Lake Erie, and has the ship Niagara, a replica of Perry’s flagship.

“I really did fall in love with the town,” Reda said. He decided the battle would make a “cool documentary.”

“It seems like the War of 1812 is skipped over,” Reda said. “I tell folks that General Motors could have been located in Canada if it wasn’t for Oliver Hazard Perry and the Battle of Lake Erie.”

Perry was 28 when he led the Americans to victory on Sept. 10, 1813, destroying a British squadron. Perry also aided in other American victories during the campaigns on and near Lake Erie.

Filming also is planned locally.

“We will be filming interviews in Put-in-Bay,” said Reda, who came to the town for a scouting trip last year. “That will be hopefully in late summer.”

“We Have Met the Enemy” is scheduled for release in 2017.

Major cable networks are interested, and the film also will be available for purchase and rent.

Meanwhile, the producers also want to put out a coffee table book and produce a miniseries for cable.

The project has evolved.

In November 2014, when the project was touted in a November 2014 press conference at Lake Erie Shores and Islands West near Port Clinton, a feature film was planned.

Instead, the producers now want a “transmedia project,” with three pieces — the documentary, the book and the miniseries — supporting each other, Nixon explained.

“This is going to be a much grander project than we envisioned originally,” Nixon said.

He said he envisions a miniseries that would have perhaps a three-hour premiere, and then eight to ten other episodes.

All of this should be good news for tourism in Ottawa County, he said.

“In terms of your area, this is going to be big,” Nixon said.

Reach reporter Tom Jackson at jackson@sanduskyregister.com, follow him at facebook.com/tomjacksonregister/, read his articles online at sanduskyregister.com/TomJackson.

David R. Zavagno, Recipient of the 2015 Herrick Memorial Award for Civic Achievement

The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve Recognizes Cleveland Businessman

Put-In-Bay Township, OH – July 16, 2015—The Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, also known as The Perry Group, a volunteer, nonprofit organization is proud to announce that their Chairman, David R. Zavagno is the recipient of the 2015 Herrick Memorial Award for Civic Achievement presented by The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve.

The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve is one of the oldest historic organizations with a mission to preserve, honor and maintain the history of Cleveland and honor individuals whose accomplishments have contributed and promoted the city of Cleveland.

Since 1989, The Perry Group with Zavagno’s leadership 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.

In making their selection for the 2015 Herrick Memorial Award for Civic Achievement, The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve recognized that Zavagno has passionately led The Perry Group and the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Committee in a three-year effort culminating in Ohio’s highly successful two-week victory commemoration in 2013.

“On behalf of The Perry Group and Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial team and our sponsors, I would like to thank the association and the Herrick family for this award and share in recognizing the critical roles of everyone involved who helped to shine a very bright light on this time in our history,” said Zavagno. “They brought us together as one proud group of modern day settlers. We have met the 200th year anniversary and the forever memories are ours.”

At the award’s luncheon, Zavagno will give an update on the continuing activities and programs of The Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, located in Put-in-Bay, Ohio was constructed in 1913 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 United States.

While honoring Zavagno at the July 22 ceremony at 11:00 am at the Lorenzo Carter cabin at Settlers’ Landing in Heritage Park in the Flats, the city of Cleveland will also be celebrating its 219th birthday at the event.

For more information on The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve and the Herrick Memorial Award visit http://earlysettlers.org/birthday_cleveland.asp

In addition to his volunteer role with The Perry Group, Zavagno is president of the Solon, OH based Universal Medical Systems, Inc. of Ohio is the leading innovative supplier of veterinary computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems worldwide.

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/

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 Universal Medical Systems, Inc. of Ohio

Universal Medical Systems, Inc. (UMS) of Ohio is the leading innovative supplier of veterinary computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems worldwide. Headquartered in Cleveland, Universal Medical Systems, Inc. offers medical, industrial and research imaging systems from desktop CT scanners to ultra high field three-tesla MRI scanners. An affiliated network of research, development, sales and service teams supports every UMS scanner.

For more information visit: www.veterinary-imaging.com and http://www.universal-systems.com

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For media interviews, please contact Nancy M. Valent at 216-513-8740 or email, nancy@NMVstrategies.com

Memorial Day Ceremonies to Honor the Brave & Fallen Soldiers from The Battle of Lake Erie

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

President Madison Ratifies Treaty of Ghent
200-Year Anniversary on February 16

Put-in-Bay Township, OH—February 10, 2015— The Perry Group, a volunteer, nonprofit organization will be celebrating with representatives from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan the historic date of February 16, 1815, when President James Madison and the United States Senate ratified the Treaty of Ghent ending the War of 1812. A dedication ceremony will take place on Memorial Day at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, honoring the 557 sailors who served during the Battle of Lake Erie, a turning point of the war.

The Treaty of Ghent ended hostilities between Great Britain and the United States and restored boundaries to what they were before the outbreak of war. The territory, now comprising three states was carved out by the British as “Indian States.” Indian tribes fought on the side of the British during the war of 1812. Indiana and Michigan may never have become states, and the continued westward expansion of America would have been seriously jeopardized without the ratification of the treaty.

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.

According to David Zavagno, chairman of the Perry Group’s Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial celebration, “February 16 is one of the most important days in Ohio’s long and storied history. Memorial Day will bring together thousands to honor those who served gallantly in the Battle of Lake Erie.

“At the conclusion of the ceremonies, a permanent plaque will be unveiled to honor those who served and the 557 modern-day sailors, who stand in their place today honoring their memories.”

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

Battle of Lake Erie Documentary

A Battle of Lake Erie documentary will air on WGTE Toledo PBS on October 3, 2013 at 8:00pm. Afterwards, it will be made available for sale as a DVD.

Important Information from the US Coast Guard

US COAST GUARD NOTICE

September 2, 2013
Battle of Lake Erie Reenactment
Special Local Regulation

battle location maps

Primary Site
41°45’24″N; 82°57’45″W
Alternate Site
41°38’42.6″N; 82°45’15″W

For the safety of participants and spectators of the Battle of Lake Erie Reenactment on September 2, 2013 the U.S. Coast Guard is creating a 4,500 yard radius Special Local Regulation at the reenactment site from 8:00AM to 6:00PM. The primary site is located to the northwest of Put-in-Bay, OH. In the event of inclement weather an alternate site has been established between South Bass Island and Kelley’s Island.

Vessels traveling in the Regulated Area shall remain vigilant at all times and comply with the following rules:

  • Travel at Minimum Safe Navigational/No Wake Speed;
  • No Anchoring;
  • Yield Right-of-Way to the Tall Ships and Safety Craft;
  • Observe and Obey the 500 Yard Safety Zone surrounding each Tall Ship;
  • Follow directions given by the Coast Guard Patrol Commander, On Scene Representative, Law Enforcement Officials and Safety Boats;

Safety Boats will display an Orange Triangular Pendant with the words “Safety Boat”

For questions regarding the Regulated Area, please contact USCG Marine Safety Unit Toledo at (419) 377-2404, or the Coast Guard via marine radio on VHF Channel 16.

US COAST GUARD NOTICE

Title 33 CFR Part 100 requires vessels trnsiting within the Regulated Area to follow the additional navigation rules imposed on the area, to obey the commands and directions of the Coast Guard Patrol Commander, on-scene representative and local Law Enforcement Officials. Failure to do so may result in a civil penalty of up to $6,500.

World Court Ruling Establishes New Ohio Border

(Hague) – August 27, 2013 – The International Court of Justice ruled today in favor of Canada and Great Britain on a 200 year old border dispute with the United States. The Treaty of Ghent ending the War of 1812 re-established the Border between nations and in a stunning decision, Ohio’s Northern Border will be returned to what is now Canada. The border towns in the Western Basin of Lake Erie including Port Clinton and the Islands will return to Canadian control starting Labor Day Weekend. World court President Peter Tonka from Slovakia stated “modern science has allowed the court to clearly read the words in the Treaty and it is now without question.”

The only evidence submitted by both sides in the case was a soiled copy of the Treaty. New spectral viewing technologies recently introduced in 2013 have allowed the 15 justices a clearer visual of the words. When the decision was announced, David Zavagno President of the Lake Erie Heritage Foundation and representing both the State of Ohio and United States, erupted in court and had to be forcibly restrained by the Marshalls. Wigs were seen flying from the heads of the English legal team as they were being charged by Zavagno.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced shortly thereafter The Royal Bank of Canada would open branches immediately in Port Clinton and the Islands to start currency exchanges. “In order to expedite the process and cause no burden to our new citizens, a very liberal exchange rate of five U.S. dollars to one Looney has been established.”

While being restrained in a scene remnant of the 1800’s Zavagno cried out “We will settle this once and for all on the high seas and not in the court of misfit justice” At high noon on Labor Day he challenged the British Navy to “bring their best” and we will settle this at the previous Battle site on Lake Erie. In a day of stunning pronouncements, the British Navy accepted. Zavagno quickly brandished a “Don’t Give Up the Ship Flag” while his British counterpart ripped up a historical paper with the words “We have Met the Enemy and They Are Ours” and set it in flames in front of a stunned crowd. Both men shook hands and separated.

The World now prepares for an epic Labor Day Battle.

The Hugh Hewitt Show

CLEVELAND–National talk show host Hugh Hewitt has announced that he will return to his roots to broadcast The Hugh Hewitt Show Friday August 30 from Cleveland, OH. Hewitt will spend the weekend helping to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie at Put-in-Bay.

“Rarely have I been as honored to be invited to participate in an event as this one,” said Hewitt. “Ohio is my home and its place in the heart of Unites States history is getting its due!”

The John F. Kennedy High School graduate hosts The Hugh Hewitt Show, which is broadcast from Southern California and airs on weekday afternoons. It can be heard in more than 120 cities across the country, garnering an estimated audience of more than 2 million listeners weekly.

“We are thrilled to have Hugh Hewitt involved with the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial,” said David Zavagno, Chairman of the Bicentennial Committee. “His presence throughout the weekend will help to educate a national audience on the importance of Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory to this region and America.”

The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial events will begin on Thursday August 29 when 17 Tall Ships enter the Western Basin of Lake Erie. Visitors to the area are encouraged to visit one of nine host ports—four American and five Canadian—throughout the course of the weekend to participate in on-board tours and day sails, as well as view demonstrations from period re-enactment groups.

The events will culminate on Labor Day, Monday September 2, with the Battle Re-creation ceremony. Five hundred and fifty-seven citizen sailors have signed up to represent the brave men who fought alongside Oliver Hazard Perry on September 10, 1813. These 557 men and women will have the chance to sail to the battle site aboard a Tall Ship and recreate history.

Additionally, special events will take place daily including on-board tours, day sails, period re-enactors, Tall Ship merchandise, the Ohio State Marching Band, the United States Navy Band, and much more.

For more information on talk show host Hugh Hewitt, please visit http://www.hughhewitt.com/about-hugh-hewitt/ and be sure to check out BattleofLakeErie-Bicentennial.com for detailed information on all the weekend’s events.

The Lake Erie Heritage Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, with a mission of supporting the maritime history of Lake Erie brought forth and recorded as the Battle of Lake Erie that took place on September 10, 1813.

Through events, seminars and educational materials we work to promote the importance of the lake as a public, historical and cultural resource. The Lake Erie Heritage Foundation, Inc., working in conjunction with The Perry Group is supporting the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial through participation, fundraising and sponsorship opportunities.

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