During my 1000-mile hike this year, I passed many battle sites from the War of 1812.
While this conflict with the British is rather glossed over when we study American History, it was actually a pivotal moment where our young nation struggled for survival.
One of the most decisive battles took place on Lake Erie. It was the first time the British Navy was soundly beaten and all British ships engaged in the battle were seized by the Americans.
When Commodore Oliver Perry reported the win to his superiors, he wrote:
"We have met the enemy and they are ours"
This week I visited the monument to this naval victory and the lasting peace between the US and Canada.