Bicentennial Commemorative Program
On September 10, 1813, the British under Commodore Robert Barclay and the Americans under Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry met in battle in Lake Erie waters, near Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Perry's flagship, Brig Lawrence engaged the British ships HMS Detriot and HMS Queen Charlotte, while the Brig Niagara, for some unknown reason, stood off. With the Lawrence completely battered by two hours of cannon fire and most of her crew wounded or killed, Commodore Perry bravely transferred to the undamaged Niagara using a longboat. Once on the Niagara, Perry quickly hoisted his battle flag, "Dont Give Up the Ship" and sailed the ship into close action—breaking the British battle line, and forcing Barclay to surrender. After his stunning victory over the British fleet, Commodore Perry wrote his famous report to General William Henry Harrison, "We have met the enemy and they are ours..."
Presentation of Colors
Native American Blessing
Special Recognition of
Presentation of Senate Resolution
"Let There Be Peace"
"Till the Last Shots Fired"
(Following a 15 minute intermission please join us for a concert)
Cannon and Musket Salute
Click here for a PDF copy of the Official Commemorative Program.
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.