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The Suburbanite
  • History comes to life in re-enactment of pivotal battle

  • The historic re-enactment of the battle will take place near Put-in-Bay and honors 200 years of peace with Canada and Great Britain. The celebration begins Aug. 29 and continues through Sept. 2. It is the end of a year-long celebration that began Sept. 8, 2012 with a concert by the Toledo Symphony and harbor illumination.

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  • If you are a history aficionado or maybe dozed off during history class while the Battle of Lake Erie was being discussed, a re-enactment of the famous battle will take place on Sept. 2.
    Where? Lake Erie, of course.
    The historic re-enactment of the battle will take place near Put-in-Bay and honors 200 years of peace with Canada and Great Britain. The celebration begins Aug. 29 and continues through Sept. 2. It is the end of a year-long celebration that began Sept. 8, 2012 with a concert by the Toledo Symphony and harbor illumination.
    The main event will take place Labor Day as Tall Ships will leave nine ports to make their way to the battle site about eight miles from Put-in-Bay where cannon fire will take place as history is relived and the legacy of the heroes honored.
    Not many school history lessons dwell on the importance of the battle. In September 1813, during the War of 1812, U.S. Navy Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry and his crew of 557 brave patriots prevailed over the British fleet during the hard-fought battle.
    The battle played a very important role in the history of the United States. Put-in-Bay was the turning point of the War of 1812. It was because of Perry and his men that the U.S. Navy was able to take back much of the Michigan territory. The U.S. border would have been quite different if the brave crews of the tall ships would have lost the battle.
    Perry who quickly became a national hero, brought the control of Lake Erie back to America. Before the battle, British troops were in Michigan, Ohio and Canada and could have started an offensive movement at anytime.
    The celebration will not only be a great history lesson for the family, but a fun time as the area offers plenty of things to do and see. Volunteers of the Battle of Lake Erie Living History Group will be portraying the  American marines, soldiers and militia who fought on Perry's ships. They will demonstrate drills, tactics, weapons and encampment of the time.
    Become a part of the celebration and sign on to be one of the crew. Stand in the footprints of the brave men who fought for our country, and be on board a tall ship during the re-enactment. If being on a ship is not your forte, be a part of the foot militia.
    Visit battleoflakeerie-bicentennial.com, www.shoresandislands.com and visitputinbay.com for up to date timelines of events, lodging and additional visitor information.