What’s Going on
at the Monument?
Completion of the seawall restoration project will protect the Memorial from future flooding events and create safer conditions for residents and visitors by limiting wave overtopping and managing stormwater. We understand the inconvenience that this may cause for residents and visitors. We also think it’s fascinating to watch and hope you do, too. While watching progress or near the work areas please remain cautious as the large trucks/equipment might have a hard time seeing you. While they are moving large equipment around the work areas, please be patient and give them adequate space. The fenced work areas are closed to the public for the duration of the project, this is for the protection of the work areas, workers and you.
While the seawall restoration project is moving along, there are many other things happening at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. The Visitor Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., admission is free and includes exhibits on the construction of the Memorial and the Battle of Lake Erie, and offers a 15-minute film. Tours to the Observation Deck of the Memorial are offered daily beginning at 10 a.m. with the last tour starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, under 16 are admitted free accompanied by an adult, and there are a variety of passes that offer free or discounted admission. Rangers are offering a variety of programs including Jr. Ranger programs, all at no cost. Historic Weapons demonstrations featuring muskets are offered every weekend with carronade firings one weekend a month.
The June schedule of special events includes Carronade firing demonstrations June 11th and 12th, the 107th Anniversary of the Memorial opening to the public in 1915 on June 13th, and a Summer Solstice Sunset Tour to the Observation Deck of the Memorial on June 21st for a $20 fee. Watching the sunset at its most northern point of latitude from 317 feet above lake level is simply spectacular.
For those looking ahead to Independence Day, parking and viewing areas will be limited by the construction in progress so plan ahead to find the perfect spot to view the Put-in-Bay community sponsored fireworks. The park’s friends group, The Perry Group, is once again hosting fireworks viewing from the Observation Deck of the Memorial. If interested, go to https://theperrygroup.org/events for more information on tickets. The Perry Group is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization that supports Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial through advocacy, volunteerism, and fundraising.
For more information on programs or to learn more about the Memorial and the Battle of Lake Erie, stop in at the Visitor Center or visit https://www.nps.gov/pevi.
Putinbay.com is proud to present this Put-in-Bay Gazette article from the June 2022 issue.
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