It was quite a pleasure to attend this evening a celebration in downtown Monroe MI of the President's signing of the omnibus wilderness bill that includes creation of the River Raisin National Battlefield Park. Many accolades were passed around to the three mayors who had labored hard for this day, as well as sundry other local officials from the County, Port Authority, Brownfield Authority, Historical Society, etc. All deserve credit for pulling together to make tonite's gathering such a celebratory event.
There's a big lesson here. Monroe is a community that came together with a single-mindedness, holding fast to a vision to preserve a unique piece of Michigan history and create the possibility of attracting people to the site of that heritage. A dozen years in the making, the Park is only now getting off the ground with many years of work still to go. Still, the excitement in the top floor room of the Monroe Bank & Trust Building could not be quenched.
We need more of these kinds of successes in the Great Lake State. The Michigan community needs to work together more to lengthen the list of such achievements.