Perry’s International Peace Memorial

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial was selected as the Midwest 2010 Featured Stamp.  We had a theory that the featured stamps each year received special unique stamps, such as the one with a picture on it that we received last year in Haleakala when it was featured.  My wife was somewhat excited to see what this park’s picture would be. Unfortunately, this theory proved to be incorrect.

In any regard, since we were in the Detroit area visiting family, we decided to take a day trip down to Ohio and were accompanied by Janet’s youngest brother, sister-in-law, and their 15-month old.  Read about our niece’s experience here.

Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial is located on South Bass, a small island located off the coast of Ohio in Lake Erie.  This island is only accessible by boat and a ferry is available to take passengers and/or vehicles to the island.  We opted to spend the extra $30 to take the car, given we had a toddler.  We were pleased with our decision as we later learned that Perry’s Memorial is about two miles from the ferry docking location.

We were intrigued to find out that this is the only international peace memorial in the National Park System. It was also very interesting to learn more about the war of 1812, one that is seemingly skimmed over in history classes.  We were previously unaware of the purpose or outcome of the War of 1812, however,  after visiting the park we are well informed about this war and its ultimate success in gaining respect for our early forming nation.

Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to go inside the Memorial during this visit as it had closed for many months due to planned reconstruction.  That said, we felt like it was an odd year for this park to be selected as one of the  2010 Featured Parks.

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Posted July 30th, 2010 at 8:25 PM by in Midwest


[…] visiting family in Michigan, we took at day to drive down to Put-in-Bay to visit Perry’s International Peace Memorial.  My brother, sister-in-law, and 15-month old niece accompanied us.  In support of our National […]

NPStampsAugust 18th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Two weeks after our visit to this park, four Metro-Detroiters in a private plane crashed into following an engine failure. They were rescued by a Miller Boat Line ferries taking passengers to and from South Bass Island. Read about the incredible disaster management skills employed by Mark Neal, the pilot, which enabled the four individuals to escape the crash unharmed.

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