This might be important to some people but frankly it caused alot of congestion and problems here.
Please don't depreciate this event. I am not a tourist lover - period - but it was gratifying to see so many people come out to celebrate the victorious outcome of this historic battle. It was nice to see droves of people coming to "vacationland" for something other than going to PIB to tie one on. The people I spoke with had a keen knowledge of the history of the battle, and the ones who didn't were lapping up every bit of information they could. Putting the economic boost to the local businesses aside, this was a fantastic history lesson which many people were anxious to learn from.
Perhaps if you took part in the celebration in any fashion, you would understand how and why the Battle of Lake Erie is so important. The Bicentennial was celebrated to the magnitude that it was not only for it's importance but also because of the fact that it is a Bicentennial. It's something that only happens once. When they celebrated the Centennial, it was with the same pomp and circumstance of the time.
Bringing business into the local economy helps everybody. Not one person or business but everybody. This event was one of those occasions.
Congratulations to the Perry Group and all the sponsors and volunteers for putting on a spectacular event. I was fortunate to be able to watch from one of the escort boats. We salute the incredible bravery of the sailors on both sides. But it is troubling when some folks use occasions like this to re-write history and glorify war.
It`s really too bad that our local papers can`t hire a "photographer" instead of a "picture taker". At least 2/3 of the pictures he post are either of the same thing or of things that don`t even matter to the subject. Like in this gallery, only about 1/2 of the pictures are of the sailing ships and none of them even have Perry`s Monument in the background and they aren`t really very good shots.
FST you have to take a thousand pictures to get the "one great shot" Perrys monument could not be seen from the scene of the battle, perhaps some one will share some as you describe as the ships left or arrived at the bay. There were thousands of spectators and the photographer no doubt wanted to capture the moment as it was happening as well as more sterile historical shots. I thought given the conditions and restrictions placed on vessels viewing the event he did a pretty good job. Thanks for sharing Sandusky Register!
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