“… While we celebrate (Oliver Hazard) Perry’s leadership, his victory depended on others, as does the future success of our community. We each have talents and strengths that can contribute to creating a new vision for Erie’s future. People from all over the world live here in Erie and if we can listen to all of those diverse voices, hopefully our community can create a magnificent choir that will chart our way forward.”
So wrote Mercyhurst University communication instructor Brian Sheridan in an excerpt from the official Perry 200 Commemoration program, which will be available during this summer’s observance of Erie’s role in Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s naval victory in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. Sheridan was invited to write about “the future,” which will be the last piece in the program.
“I am honored to have been asked to contribute to this historic program, which will serve as a document of the Perry 200 Commemoration long after it is over,” Sheridan said.
The Perry 200 is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime observance of more than 30 events over 18 months designed to commemorate the contributions of Erie to Commodore Perry, and, conversely, the contributions of Commodore Perry to Erie.
On deck is the Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade with Grand Marshal Gov. Tom Corbett, which will take place in downtown Erie on Saturday, May 25, beginning at 1 p.m.
For a complete list of events, visit the Perry 200 website.