Governor Signs Buehrer Bill to Create War of 1812 Commission
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 20, 2009
GOVERNOR SIGNS BUEHRER BILL TO CREATE WAR OF 1812 COMMISSION
COLUMBUS—During a ceremony in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda yesterday, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland signed Senate Bill 93, legislation sponsored by State Senator Steve Buehrer (R-Delta), which creates an 18-member Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission to raise public awareness about Ohio’s role in the this important conflict, while working to strengthen preservation efforts of historic sites across the state. The war, which was critical to America’s control of its land after the American Revolution, our expansion into the Northwest Territory and our relationship with Canada, was fought at dozens of sites in the 1st Senate District.
Pictured above at the bill signing are (from left) Senior United States District Judge George C. Smith, Blanca Alvarez Stransky, Superintendent of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, State Representative Dennis Murray (D-Sandusky), Governor Strickland, Pete Wilhelm, who is coordinator of historic preservation for the McDougle Center at Northwest State Community College, Sen. Buehrer and Richard Rozevink, chairperson of the Historic Veterans Committee of the Defiance County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.
Behind the group is a 12 by 16-foot painting by William Powell called “Perry’s Victory,” which depicts Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry leading the United States Navy to victory over the British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813. The battle helped the U.S. gain control of the Great Lakes and set the stage for America’s triumph in the War of 1812.