The Memorial Column and Observation Deck are currently closed due to restoration. The Memorial may reopen for the weekends of Oct. 18 – 19, Oct. 25 – 26 and Nov. 1 – 2, contingent on the restoration process. The Visitor Center is open until Nov. 2. More »
Laws & Policies
Congress established Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial to:
. . . The preservation of the historical associations connected therewith, to inculcate the lessons of international peace by arbitration and disarmament, and for the benefit and enjoyment of the people…
Public Law 49- 1393 (PEVI Enabling Legislation) June 2, 1936
Legislation – As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws to legally possess firearms in this park. Refer to Section 512 of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, Public Law 111-24, 123 Stat. 1764-65.
Park User Responsibility – It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearm laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state’s website: www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Enforcement/Concealed-Carry. Refer to the Ohio Revised Code for more information.
Weapons Prohibited in Federal Facilities – Federal law prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those facilities are marked with signs at all public entrances.
Did You Know?
The phrase emblazoned on Perry’s flag, “Dont give up the ship” were not Perry’s words, but the dying utterance of U.S. Captain James Lawrence. Lawrence, a good friend of Perry, was killed commanding the U.S.S. Chesapeake in an action with the British ship H.M.S. Shannon on June 1, 1813.