PUT-IN-BAY, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the U.S. Mint and the National Park Service for unveiling the “Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial” quarter which honors the American victory at the War of 1812’s Battle of Lake Erie, its hero Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, and the lasting peace between the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.
“Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and veterans from the Battle of Lake Erie were patriots who fought valiantly to secure American freedom,” Brown said. “We should pay tribute to their heroism and the long lasting peace between Britain, Canada, and the United States. In so doing, we can better appreciate living in a country which is free, independent, and absent of tyranny.”
Brown was unable to attend the ceremony in Put-In-Bay, but wrote a certificate of commendation to Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial that was presented at today’s ceremony by his regional representative. First established as a national site in 1919, the memorial stands over Lake Erie, five miles from the longest undefended border in the world. The memorial bears the name of Commodore Perry who became known as the “Hero of Lake Erie” and awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his actions which procured American victory. Buried under the memorial’s rotunda are three American and three British naval officers killed in action during the battle.
According to the U.S. Mint, it began issuing 56 quarter-dollar coins in 2010 featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites as a part of its “United States America the Beautiful” Quarters Program. 2013 marks the fourth year of the program and features the next five quarters including Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Ohio; White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire; Great Basin National Park in Nevada; Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Maryland; and Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
The ceremony was sponsored by The Perry Group and the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, and also featured drumming by the Black Swamp Intertribal Foundation and the Firelands Division of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Color Guard.