Cleveland, Ohio — November 23, 2011 The organizing committee planning a regional celebration for The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial today announced that The Ohio State University Marching Band will perform the 1812 Overture and other patriotic favorites at Put-in-Bay, Ohio on September 1, 2013.
“When the OSU Marching Band travels north this week for the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan, they’ll pass the site of one of our nation’s most important and historic events—The Battle of Lake Erie,” said David Zavagno, Bicentennial Chairman of the Perry Group. “We’re thrilled that one of our country’s great marching bands has joined our campaign to remember and celebrate it.”
On September 10, 1813, Oliver Hazard Perry of the U.S. Navy—sailing under a crudely-lettered flag of “Don’t Give Up the Ship”—led 557 brave patriots to victory over the British Royal Navy in “The Battle of Lake Erie” near Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Perry’s victory message to the general inspired our young nation: “We have met the enemy and they are ours.”
Considered by historians as the turning point in the War of 1812, The Battle of Lake Erie secured U.S. control of the Great Lakes, forced a British retreat and led to our current peaceful border with Canada. The Battle of Lake Erie marked the first U.S. Navy fleet victory and the first time an entire British Royal Navy squadron was captured by an enemy force.
Zavagno said the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration over Labor Day weekend in 2013 will also include a large fleet of Tall Ships in a historic reenactment of the battle on its original site, a grand Parade of Sail, and Port Festivals in waterfront cities in the U.S. and Canada.
Surrounding days will include a series of historical, educational and festival events that will attract hundreds of thousands of people to the Lake Erie region from Cleveland to Toledo, said Zavagno. “The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial will honor Commodore Perry and the 557 brave patriots who fought in the Battle, help educate this generation about our rich history, and celebrate Ohio’s role in America’s fight for freedom,” said Zavagno.
The Perry Group is a volunteer, nonprofit organization working with the National Park Service as well as the local, national and international community. The Group honors Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, who led the U.S. Navy to victory in the Battle of Lake Erie, and celebrates the long-lasting peace between the United States, Britain and Canada.
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. Perry’s Memorial is located at Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, Ohio.
The Group is offering opportunities for 557 persons to participate in the Labor Day, 2013 reenactment of the Battle of Lake Erie aboard Tall Ships. Patrons may enlist as Crew Members in the reenactment or be part of the Bicentennial Fleet or Militia.
For more information, visit www.BattleofLakeErie-Bicentennial.com