Perry’s Victory Hosts Patriots Band on 4th July

Patriots Band kicks off July 4th fireworks with free 90-minute concert on Perry Memorial plaza

Put in Bay July 4thPUT-IN-BAY, Ohio – Lorain County’s 80-member Patriots Band will kick off Independence Day’s evening celebration with a free concert on the lower plaza of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Thursday, July 4, at 6 pm. The Patriots Band will play a selection of patriotic music and selections from the Music Man during the 90-minute concert.

“The staff at Perry’s Victory and International Memorial is excited to host the Patriots Band,” said Superintendent Barbara Rowles. “They have been compared to an old-fashioned hometown band playing at a community picnic.”

“July 4th is always a busy day at the National Park,” said Superintendent Rowles. Rangers work extra hours to assist people parking on park property to watch the evening fireworks display and work a special event on the park’s Observation Deck hosted by its Friends Group, the Friends of Perry’s Victory (Perry Group).

Put-in-Bay Business Owners and Friends of the Bay sponsor the annual 30-minute fireworks display. Fireworks will begin at dark on July 4. The fireworks are shot from a barge in Put-in-Bay’s downtown harbor in front of the Memorial Column, explained Superintendent Rowles.  Hundreds of visitors view the fireworks from the grounds of the National Park.  The Perry Group will host a special event on the Observation Deck to view the fireworks, she added. The fundraiser will help generate capital improvement funds for projects such as waysides and elements that cannot be funded with federal money. For more information about the Perry Group, its mission and its event schedule, visit friendsofperry.org.



Memorial Day Service at Perry’s Victory

Put in BayPUT-IN-BAY, Ohio – Park Rangers and the Put-in-Bay community will honor the fallen at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial during a Memorial Day Service at 11am on Monday, May 27. The Memorial column will open immediately following the ceremony at approximately 12pm.

“We all come together on Memorial Day to honor the men who died in the Battle of Lake Erie, and honor all veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Superintendent Barbara Rowles. Superintendent Rowles, a US Army veteran, said American Legion Post #542 of Put-in-Bay will provide the Color Guard and veterans will fire a rifle volley, with Rangers firing muskets, at the end of the service. Local veteran Bob Hilt will join the superintendent in placing a wreath in the Memorial’s rotunda over the spot marking the location where three American and three British naval officers are interred together.

“Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Park Rangers learn the names of Lt. John Brooks and midshipmen Henry Laub and John Clark soon after they arrive here,” said Superintendent Rowles. “They are the American officers we are here to honor every day.” Park Rangers traditionally hand out red carnations with the name of an Ohioan who has died in the line of duty to those attending. Superintendent Rowles said Park Rangers will also attend the American Legion’s Memorial Day Service at 12:30 pm at Maple Leaf Cemetery.
A bagpiper will return to the plaza of the Memorial Column at 3pm on Monday to play “Amazing Grace” during a National Moment of Remembrance.

Both ferry services to the island provide free transportation to veterans on Memorial Day. The Memorial Column and Observation Deck, and the park’s Visitor Center, are open 10 am to 6 pm daily through September 8. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm September 9 through September 30, and weekends in October (Friday through Monday) until October 21.



Put-in-Bay Daily Adds Perry’s Victory Page

Put-in-Bay Daily™ announces the addition of a Web page dedicated to Perry’s Monument and International Peace Memorial on South Bass Island.  The new page presents a complete listing of special events hosted by Perry’s Victory for the 2019 Season.  This addition to our Web offers quick reference to popular activities offered by the National Park Service.

Perry's Monument

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Highway to History Comes to Perry’s Victory

Perry's Victory Reenactors

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio – Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is on the “Highway to History,” one of TourismOhio’s 10 themed road trips just launched for the 2019 season on its new website RoadTrips.Ohio.org.

“We are excited to be a stop on Ohio Tourism’s Highway to History Road Trip,” said Superintendent Barbara Rowles, “Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial offers our visitors interesting programs, special events, and a beautiful 25-acre park to enjoy.” Among the major events Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial offers is the third annual Put-in-Bay Music Festival, a free concert on Saturday, June 8, that features six bands and is a family friendly event, she said.

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Park Rangers give daily programs on history, the environment, historic small firearms, and programs for youth. One weekend a month Park Rangers provide historic small firearms and carronade (short barrel gun) firing demonstrations. The park also offers four evening sunset or night sky tours on the 317-foot tall Observation Deck during the summer, and ends each season honoring the men who fought and died in the Battle of Lake Erie during its Historic Weekend activities. A full list of park programs and activities can be found on its website at nps.gov/pevi.

Superintendent Rowles said the partnership with TourismOhio will bring more travelers to Ohio and introduce Perry’s Victory to new visitors as well as reacquaint those who have visited in the past. Matt MacLaren, director of OhioTourism, said Ohio is within a day’s drive of 60 percent of the U.S. population and research indicates visitation is coming from surrounding states. RoadTrips.Ohio.org was created as an easy way for families and friends to find experiences to enjoy together.

RoadTrips.Ohio.org road trip themes include Thriving Cities (Urban), To the Moon and Back (Space/Aviation), Are We There Yet? (Family), The Scenic Route (Outdoors), Lover’s Lane (Romance), Foodie Fill-up (Cuisine), Highway to History (History), Rock, Ride and Explore (First-time Visitor), Culture Cruise (Culture) and Winning Drive (Sports).

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial opens Saturday, May 18 for the 2019 season. The Memorial Column and Observation Deck, and the park’s Visitor Center, are open 10 am to 6 pm daily through September 8. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm September 9 through September 30, and weekends in October (Friday through Monday) until October 21.