Rising up 352 feet above Lake Erie, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is a symbol of American Naval Commander Oliver Hazard Perry’s Victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie and a testament to enduring peace. The world’s largest Doric column, made of pink granite from Milford, MA, is also the third tallest memorial in the National Park Service and the country’s highest open air observation deck at 317 feet.
Park Rangers give daily programs on the Battle of Lake Erie, the enduring peace between the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and the building of the memorial. The Park also hosts many events and special programs throughout the season. Visitors can ride an elevator to the 317-foot high observation deck for a 360 degree view of the Lake Erie Islands. The fee for riding the elevator to the observation deck is $10 for adults. Kids 15 and younger are always free. Anyone holding a current Park Pass – Annual America the Beautiful, EKIP, Lifetime Senior or Annual Senior, Active Military or Access – is admitted free of charge. The United States-Canada border is just five miles from the 25-acre Park and both countries share the world’s longest unarmed border at nearly 5,000 miles.
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PERRY’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, August 24, 2019 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
Weekend celebration of the 234th Anniversary of Oliver Hazard Perry’s birth on August 23, 1785 and the 200th Anniversary of his death at 34 on August 23, 1819. Listen to the Hero of Lake Erie as he discusses his life from the time he became a midshipman at age 13 to his victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie at age 28. Historic Firearms demonstrations will take place at 11 am, 3, and 5 pm. Carronade demonstrations will be given at noon, 2, and 4 pm. At 1 pm a Junior Ranger program: “Join Perry’s Navy” will be given. Sunday, August 25, is the 103 Anniversary of the National Park Service and is a Fee Free Day at the Memorial Column.
103rd ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE/FEE FREE
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial celebrates the 103rd Anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service. Visitors will be able to ride the elevator to the 317-foot Observation Deck for a spectacular view of the Lake Erie Islands for free. Kids can also visit the “See Yourself as a Park Ranger” display where they can try on different Ranger uniforms and equipment and learn about the many different jobs Park Rangers can choose from.
Friday, September 6, 2019 – Sunday, September 8, 2019
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial celebrates the 206th Anniversary of Oliver Hazard Perry’s defeat of the British fleet in The Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813, and the enduring peace that has bound the United States, Great Britain and Canada in peace and as allies for more than 200 years. A Flag Retirement Ceremony is held Friday evening at 7 pm with Park Rangers, American Legion members and Boy Scouts. Saturday begins with an 11 am Memorial Service and the Grand Parade steps off at 2:15 pm and ends at the Park’s flag poles where four high school marching bands will play the National Anthems from each country before Rangers and volunteers fire a musket and carronade salute. A Living History Military Encampment is open 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday. Rangers will give black powder musket demonstrations, rifle demonstrations, and carronade firing demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. A Time Line event, “200 Years of US Military History” will be presented after the Parade on Saturday. The Perry Group will host a concert Saturday evening and the annual “Lights of Peace” Harbor Illumination at dusk. About 1,200 Boy Scouts will camp on the East Lawn at Port Clinton Troop #360’s annual Camporee.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
10 am to 6 pm
The American flag and flags from each of the countries who lost citizens during the tragedies on September 11, 2001 will be installed around the Memorial column on the Upper Plaza in tribute to the victims of 9-11. At 8:46 am when the first plane hit the World Trade Center, and again at 10:28 am when Flight 93 crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, church bells will ring and bagpipes will play on the Upper Plaza of the Memorial Column.
STORIES OF VICTORY
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
3 pm to 5 pm
Park Rangers dressed as the people they are representing – Lt. John Brooks, Midshipmen John Clark and Henry Laub, British Captain Robert Finnis and Lt. John Gardner and Lt. James Garden, Michigander Betty Lister, and a construction worker (there were two) – will give a tour of the grounds and Memorial Column.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
Saturday, September 21, 2019
World Peace Day was established in 1981 by unanimous UN resolution. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will present a mini-series of Peace topics that includes the audience in the discussion. The series will be held in the Visitor Center at 1 pm and 3 pm. The Park’s International Flag Collection will circle the three flag poles and create a large peace symbol visible from the Observation Deck.
PUBLIC LANDS DAY/FEE FREE DAY
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
In celebration of Public Lands Day, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will offer free access to the Memorial’s Observation Deck. The park is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Public Lands Day.