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Perry 200 Tribute to the Niagara Crew/Community Sail on the Niagara

Perry 200 Tribute to the Niagara Crew

150 East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507
United States


Community Sail:        11:00 a.m. –  2:00 p.m.

Memorial Tribute:     3:00 p.m. –  4:30 p.m.

Community Sail

The Perry 200 Commemoration is creating awareness of and appreciation for Erie's historic legacy during the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie with a wide range of offerings and events.


Central to this Commemoration is the U.S. Brig Niagara, Perry's flagship during the Battle of Lake Erie, and one of the nine ships built in Erie as part of Perry's Great Lakes fleet. The Niagara League, in partnership with the Perry 200, will offer the opportunity to sixty people to sail on the Niagara.


Through a lottery selection, thirty online applicants will be selected and will receive two tickets to participate in this Community Sail. To enter the massive drawing, the public can "like" the Perry 200 Commemoration on Facebook, follow the Perry 200 on Twitter, and sign up for the Perry 200 newsletter on Winners of this lottery will experience "living history" on this historic and iconic brig.


This Community Sail is a part of a day of remembering and honoring the importance of the Niagara, not only as part of Erie's past, but also its present and future.


Erie was named the Flagship City of Pennsylvania by Governor Robert Casey after the restoration of the Niagara and the opening of its interpretive museum. Today, the Niagara serves as an ambassador representing Erie and Pennsylvania as it sails to the ports of our nation.



Memorial Tribute

The War of 1812 is known as the "Forgotten War." This Perry 200 Memorial Tribute will remember and honor those who built Perry's Great Lakes Fleet, as well as those who served and gave their lives during the Battle of Lake Erie.


Descendent families of these heroes will be present and recognized during this memorial program.


Presentation of the "Star Spangled Banner" (the American flag of the War of 1812) will be presented to descendent families, and they will join members of the Naval Reserve Operations Unit of Erie in the naval tradition of the "floating of flowers."

Tentative program outline:


I. Welcome

II. Opening

  • Posting of the Colors
    • Edinboro ROTC
    • The Star Spangled Banner
      • The Commodore Perry Chorus

III. The Occasion

  • Dr. William P. Garvey

IV. Keynote Speakers (re-enactors)

  • Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry
  • Shipmaster Daniel Dobbins
    • The re-enactors of Perry and Dobbins will describe the hardships and value of those who built and fought on the Great Lakes fleet.

V. Musical Interlude

  • The Commodore Perry Chorus



VI. Presentations

  • Presentations will be made to the Niagara League, Captain Walter Rybka, and Captain Wesley Heerssen.
  • Presentation of flags to descendent family representatives
    • Folded "Star Spangled Banners" will be presented to descendent family representatives by Naval officers.

VII. Memorial Tribute and the Floating of the Flowers

  • Family representatives, the Naval Honor Guard, and Army ROTC members will proceed to water's edge for the Memorial Tribute.
    • 9 bells for the 9 ships of the fleet
    • Prayer
    • Song by the Commodore Perry Chorus
    • Gun or cannon salute
    • Floating of Flowers
    • Taps

VIII. Adjournment

  • All will remain seated while descendent family representatives leave first.


A reception will be held after the program in the Erie Maritime Museum.

Sunday, 23 September, 2012


Jefferson Educational Society

Phone: 814-459-8000
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