July 19, 2012, 8:02 a.m. EDT
‘Historical transfer of command’
PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio, July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — In a symbolic transfer of command, the direct descendants of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry will present Navy Rear Admiral Greg Nosal with the “Don’t Give up the Ship” flag in a Longboat Rowing ceremony hosted by the Perry Group at the Port of Cleveland on Aug. 30, 2012.
The United States Navy will be commemorating the War of 1812 during Navy Week in Cleveland Aug. 27 through Sept. 4, 2012. The presentation of the flag from Perry’s descendants to Rear Admiral Greg Nosal is representative of Perry himself passing on the motto “Don’t Give up the Ship” to the modern Navy. The Navy has instituted this slogan for 200 years since Perry’s historic triumph on the waters of Lake Erie.
A pinning ceremony will conclude the events, in which all members of the ship’s crew will receive a Bicentennial pin. To cap off the “Don’t Give up the Ship” flag ceremony, the Perry Group will host a reception at the Port of Cleveland from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring socializing, dining, and music from the United States Navy Jazz Band.
Over the next year special events, lectures, concerts and member-only opportunities will be posted to http://www.theperrygroup.org . The full calendar of events commemorating the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial, as well as opportunities to get involved, can be found at http://www.battleoflakeerie-bicentennial.com . To learn more about the U.S. Navy’s participation in the Celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, visit http://www.ourflagwasstillthere.org or https://www.facebook.com/Navy1812 .
About The Perry GroupThe Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, also known as The Perry Group, is a volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization working with the National Park Service and the local, national, and international community to commemorate the Battle of Lake Erie and celebrate the long-lasting peace between Britain, Canada and the United States. For more information please visit http://www.theperrygroup.org .