These were the words found on the Commodore Perry's battle flag flown during the bloody Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. Today, that motto still prevails, as Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial staff continues to provide a full summer season of events despite the temporary closure of the monument column. "We have every hope of reopening access to the Monumentâs 317â observation deck as soon as the investigation of the face stone damage is complete and it is safe to do so" said Superintendent Andy Ferguson.
Meanwhile, on June 29th despite the recent closure of the column, the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir performed for a small, but enthusiastic crowd on the Visitor Center steps. Also known as the Cardinal Choral and under the direction of Charles Snyder the 48 member Choir sang a variety of patriotic songs. It was easy to see why they are known as "Ohioâs Singing Ambassadorâs of Goodwill". Superintendent Ferguson remarked that hearing that wonderful afternoon concert "helped you know what was good and right with America."
On Saturday evening, July 1st the community of Put-in-Bay was treated to an outstanding musical production by the Fireland Symphony of Sandusky Ohio. Some 650 concert-goers were entertained with a variety of show tunes, operatic pieces, patriotic songs and big band era music, including wonderful performances by three gifted soloists. The evening weather was perfect as listeners brought their chairs or spread their blankets on the open grass behind the new Visitor Center. The show began with the National Anthem as the American and Canadian flags waived in the breeze and for two hours a very special music filled the island sunset. More than one tear was shed and the applause was genuine. "Supported by the Put-in-Bay Artâs Council and the island community, the concert was a success by every measure," remarked Superintendent Ferguson, "and many later told me that they liked this location better than the usual Monument steps!"
On the 4th of July at 11 am a Naturalization Ceremony will confer citizenship on fifteen new citizens. This too will take place on the back porch of the Visitor Center. All interpretive talks and musket demonstrations are continuing and have been shifted temporarily to near by the Visitor Center. The DVD production of the Battle of Lake Erie is shown continuously every half-hour. The public is invited and welcome.
On June 22nd, about 9 p.m., a piece of granite facing stone weighing nearly 500 pounds fell onto the upper plaza of Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. Although one visitor was in the area, there were no injuries when the granite piece fell from the southeast side of the observation deck and shattered onto the plaza floor. The Monument was immediately closed for the sake of the publicâs safety and investigative studies have been initiated to determine the extent of damage and possible temporary stabilization measures for the 91-year old monument.