Miller Ferry is offering free tickets to active military personnel and veterans looking to visit Put-in-Bay for the Memorial Day bicentennial celebration.
This Memorial Day the village of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island will see thousands flock to its limestone-laden shores for a final bicentennial celebration honoring the brave 557 sailors who gallantly served in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. While the bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie was celebrated two years ago, 2015 marks 200 years since the historic signing of the Treaty of Ghent, the parchment that officially ended the war and restored relations between the United States and Great Britain.
On Monday, May 25, at noon on the steps of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, representatives from the US Navy, Coast Guard, Great Britain, Canada and the Flagship Niagara will give a short speech followed by the unveiling of a permanent plaque commemorating all who served in the battle.
A 21-gun salute with cannon fire will cap the day’s celebrations, honoring the memory of those who fought so bravely in the historic turning point in the war.
Sunday, May 24, at 7 p.m., a gala will take place at the Niagara Event Center including entertainment, music and light food along with the showcase of the new Battle of Lake Erie movie. Tickets are $25. The following day will also see the Flagship Niagara in port and open to the public with deck tours from 1-7 p.m. Tickets are $7.
For more information visit millerferry.com or BattleOfLakeErie-Bicentennial.com.