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Published: Saturday, 5/5/2007

Perry s monument to reopen on South Bass

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio Perry s Victory and International Peace Memorial on South Bass Island will open today after being closed since June when a 500-pound piece of granite fell from the observation deck.

The memorial s visitor center and observation deck are to open today, but because of additional repairs, there will be long periods of time during the season when the deck is closed to the public.

Nobody was hurt when the granite fell 317 feet to the ground on June 22.

Subsequent engineering studies by the National Park Service determined the 13 fascia stones on the deck above the north entrance are secure.

The memorial is the tallest monument with an open-air observation deck in the United States.

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