Flags and Slogans of 1812
Favorite thing: Two phrases which have found a permanent place in the American verancular originated on the waters of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. "We have met the enemy and they are ours," was part of a message sent by Commodore Oliver Hazzard Perry in Sept, 1813, back to General William Henry Harrison on the mainland.
"Don't Give Up the Ship" was an order shouted by Perry's friend, Captain James Lawrence, during a battle a few months before the more famous Battle of Lake Erie. Perry honored his friend by having the slogan sewn onto his personal battle flag, and it became a rallying cry throughout the war of 1812, and even to this day.
The flags pictured are replicas of Perry's battle flag, and also the United States flag as it appeared in 1812. There are 15 stars and 15 stripes, one for each of the 13 original states, plus the new states of Vermont and Kentucky, the total number in the nation at that time. In later years a new star has continued to be added as each new state entered the union, but the number of stripes was reverted back to 13, for the original colonies.
- Historical Travel
Sunset at Erie, Pa
Favorite thing: Great sunset over Lake Erie from the beaches at Presque Isle State Park. On a clear night in the summer it can be fantastic.
Fondest memory: The beaches were clean, the water warm and the facilities were very good. I enjoyed relaxing in the shade looking out over the beach and water on a beautiful sunny day.
A Mecca for Birders
Favorite thing: Birder's World magazine has rated Presque Isle State Park as one of the top birding spots in America. The peninsula's unique location on the Atlantic Flyway makes it a favorable spot for birds to feed either before or after their migration across the broad expanse of Lake Erie.
Our visit did not coincide with the migration season, but we still observed many resident birds. Songbird migration peaks in April and in September, while shorebird migration occurs in March and late November through December. A great reason for us to make a return trip.
More than 300 different bird species have been recorded on the peninsula. A bird checklist may be obtained at the Stull Interpretative Center or the park office.
- National/State Park
Favorite thing: View the beach during summer months.
Fondest memory: Doing the timing of running events for Erie Runners Club with Mike.