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Regional team launches War of 1812 bicentennial celebration

David Zavagno (center), chairman of the Perry Group’s Bicentennial Committee, and Blanca Stransky, superintendent of the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, present U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus with a commemorative flag emblazed with the immortal words from the Battle of Lake Erie: “Don’t give up the ship”. The Perry Group plans the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial to be held Aug. 29-Sept. 10, 2013, at Put-in-Bay. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam ShaversUnited States Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, recently launched the Navy’s commemoration honoring the bicentennial of the War of 1812 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. A regional team from the volunteer, nonprofit Perry Group presented the Secretary with a “Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration” commemorative flag stitched with five indelible words: “Don’t give up the ship.”
“The flag draped over the shoulder of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry — as pictured in the Halls of Congress, U.S. Naval Academy Museum and Ohio State House — include these instructional yet inspirational words that helped chart the course of victory for America against the British in the War of 1812,” says David Zavagno, chairman of The Perry Group’s Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Committee, which has been planning its tribute for more than three years.   
Zavagno, along with Blanca Stransky, superintendent of the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, which oversees the Perry Memorial and surrounding grounds at Put-in-Bay, presented the navy blue flag to Mabus.

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