National Park Service will maintain staff at Perry Monument on Ohio's South Bass Island



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PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — The National Park Service plans on keeping a full-time superintendent and staff at a Lake Erie island landmark monument.

Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur says the Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial on South Bass Island will remain a separate unit of the park system.

The park service had been looking at combining the staff overseeing the Perry's monument site and the River Raisin National Battlefield Park in southeast Michigan.

The 350-foot tall monument in Ohio commemorates a key victory in the War of 1812.

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry captured a British fleet near the island during the battle that's remembered for his command: "Don't Give Up the Ship."

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