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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

  • Event Schedule

    Sun. Sept 10, 2016

    Annual Commemoration of The Battle of Lake Erie