Yesterday's hopeful posting on the renewed possibility that Historic Fort Wayne will receive revitalization brings with it the need to state what should be obvious: the site is a uniquely Michigan heritage asset, and that character should not go unnoticed.
The "cultural" opportunities spoken of, along with the "recreational" possibilities, should take root in the authentic history of the place. The ancient burial ground, a sacred place, must be considered, and preserved. The military history of the location must also be safeguarded. Too often, as with the dated and to-be-replaced Michigan Historical Marker greeting visitors as they enter the sally port, one hears that "no hostile shots were ever fired" from the fort. This statement conveys a sense of unimportance. Nothing could be further from the historical record.
This is a structure designed by one of America's most unsung Civil War generals. This is where Michigan's first responders to the call of President Lincoln to come to the aid of the Union had their training. This is one of the posts of the Arsenal of Democracy, and of the Vietnam War.
Let the strategic plan respect and incorporate the full story of Historic Fort Wayne.