Large Crowd at Put-in-Bay Ceremony Celebrates
17th Coin in 'America, the Beautiful Quarters Program'
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2013 CONTACT: Steve Fought (703) 587-8165
PUT-IN-BAY – U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur today joined local officials and representatives of the United States Mint to unveil the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial quarter before a crowd of more than 600 at the Niagara Event Center here on South Bass Island.
“The quarter recognizes the unique role of Put-in-Bay in American history,” said Congresswoman Kaptur during the launch ceremony.
“Two hundred years ago this fall, Oliver Hazard Perry sailed out from here to engage the British and turn the tide in the 'War of 1812.' Now we celebrate two centuries of peace among the United States, Canada and Britain.
The newest quarter is the 17th coin released in the U.S. Mint's “America the Beautiful Quarters Program” and was released into circulation on April 1. Each year, the public will see five new quarters with reverse designs representing select national sites, with one final coin released in 2021. The Mint will issue these quarters in the order in which the honored site was first established as a national site.
"Today we celebrate a national park that is small in acreage but significant in American history, a memorial to those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812, a piece of Ohio and American heritage in a setting of extraordinary natural beauty," said J. Marc Landry, acting associate director for sales and marketing at the Mint. "It is easy to see why the (memorial) was chosen to be part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program."
Also participating in the ceremony were Put-in-Bay Mayor Ruth Scarpelli and Blanca Alvarez Stransky, superintendent of the memorial. Greg Peiffer of WPIB/WPCR radio served as master of ceremonies.
“This is an extraordinary event, particularly this week,” said Kaptur. “There is a tremendous sense of unity and you can feel the strength of America.”
Kaptur, who represents Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District, including the Lake Erie islands, serves as ranking member on the Energy and Water subcommittee of House Appropriations.