A Celebration for the Ages: A Look Back at the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial and a Thank You For All of Those Who Made it Possible
Just like the real battle 200 years ago, the Battle of Lake Erie slipped quickly through time in a blaze of cannon smoke and northwest wind. Meticulous planning from many, albeit not Commodores and Majors this time around, lead to a harmonious conclusion that drew thousands from all over the world for this truly once-in-a-lifetime festival.
For those who attended it was an unreal spectacle that engorged the senses in every way. Highly skilled captains and crews en route to the battle site interweaved their Tall Ships through a modern-day battalion of roughly 1600 pleasure boats. B-52’s soared overhead, injecting some WWII flare into the mix. A fireworks display that would make the 4th of July jealous showered South Bass Island with radiant colors captivating the sea of onlookers that lined Put-in-Bay Harbor. Restaurants, shops and taverns churned out their products at a record-breaking pace, making sure each and every island visitor left feeling satisfied. Even the Ohio State Marching Band made an appearance – playing all the way across the south passage aboard the Miller Ferry and eventually marching thru downtown to serenade the patrons on Delaware Ave.
Although nearly impossible to quantify everything that’s happened over the past couple of weeks, we do know that it was unbelievably successful. Thank you to everyone who had a part in the planning process, to all the local area businesses, to everyone who participated, and to every single person who came to visit. And most of all, thank you Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry for securing our beloved Lake Erie.
Don’t Give Up the Ship!
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