NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Islanders will commemorate the bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie, a key American victory in the War of 1812, which was led by Rhode Island native Oliver Hazard Perry.

Tuesday's event in Newport is hosted by the Rhode Island Commander of the Military Order of Foreign Wars, which works to honor war veterans.

The event is scheduled to feature several speakers including U.S. Naval War College maritime history Professor John Hattendorf, Naval War College President Ted Carter and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

Perry defeated the British in the September 1813 battle and is known for the line ''We have met the enemy and they are ours.'' His battle flag bore the phrase ''Don't give up the ship,'' and to this day is a symbol of the Navy.