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Famous Flag and Niagara both Integral Parts of Battle of Lake Erie

The War of 1812 changed history and the Battle of Lake Erie played a valuable role in that.
The two year long Perry 200 celebration comes to an end this weekend with the Parade of Sails.
The center piece - Erie's own Flagship Niagara - celebrating the Brig's role in the Battle of Lake Erie.
The war changed history and the Battle of Lake Erie played a valuable role in that.
Erie wasn't the site of the battle, but it was home to the fleet, and where that famous flag was made.
The history behind the flag comes from Perry's close friend, Captain James Lawrence's last words.
While aboard the Chesapeake the captain was injured during battle.
Mortally wounded, Lawrence's last words were "fight the ship til she sinks. Don't give up the ship."
The Flagship Lawernce was named in his honor and those words became Perry's motto.
Perry had women from right here in Erie sew those famous words on a flag that he flew on the Lawrence.
Perry and the crew used the flag as a group unifier.
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