|Photo courtesy of Betty Franklin|
WEST AKRON — In honor of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Summit County Historical Society (SCHS) and the William Wetmore Chapter Daughters of 1812 teamed up to present a memorial ceremony for the 365 veterans of the War of 1812 buried in Summit County cemeteries Sept. 21 on the porch of the Perkins Stone Mansion. All 365 names were read by members of the William Wetmore Chapter.Susan Leininger, of Columbus, state president of the Daughters of 1812, was in attendance, as was State Historian Rose MacIntyre, of Cleveland. John Franklin, of Hudson, represented the Ohio Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), and Eric Johnson, of Avon Lake, represented the General Society of 1812.
Perkins Mansion was open for free tours. A living history demonstration was provided by the John Campbell Ohio Militia Group from Portage County and a group led by Bob Cairns from Stark County. Authentic fife music was performed by Jim Miller. The Akron Sea Cadets and Western Reserve SAR posted colors. The Copley American Legion Post No. 473 and Copley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7971 honor guard, under Commander Charlie Umbaugh, performed a musket salute.
Larry Nelson, history professor at Bowling Green State University, presented a program on the War of 1812 in the parlor of the mansion. Nelson is also past director of Ft. Meigs in Perrysburg.