Monroe News: Walberg honors county’s bicentennial
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monroe County’s bicentennial was recognized on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday.
U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, spoke in celebration of the anniversary and to recognize the work of the Monroe County Bicentennial Alliance.
Following are his remarks:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of Monroe County, Michigan’s bicentennial celebration.
“Founded on July 14, 1817, Monroe Country is the second oldest county in Michigan, and is named in honor of our nation’s fifth president, James Monroe.
“Home to the River Raisin National Battlefield Park, Monroe County takes great pride in preserving local history and telling the story of the War of 1812 and those who fought to secure our freedoms.
“Monroe County is blessed with many precious natural resources, wildlife, and outdoor areas for the community to enjoy. Whether it’s fishing for walleye on Lake Erie, or watching waterfowl in the unique coastal marshes, the outdoor opportunities are among the finest in the nation.
“Serving as an important transportation hub, Monroe County features the largest highway gateway into Michigan and the state’s only international port on Lake Erie.
“Monroe County is also known for its rich agricultural heritage, as well as its strong manufacturing presence, including the headquarters of furniture manufacturer, La-Z-Boy.
“Mr. Speaker, I wish to extend my gratitude to the many citizens and organizations that comprise the Monroe County Bicentennial Alliance. They generously gave of their time to coordinate a number of special programs and events throughout the year.
“It is an honor to join with them to commemorate this exciting milestone for Monroe County — a place where the community proudly comes together to make it a special place to visit and call home.
“Congratulations, Monroe County on 200 years, and I look forward to celebrating it with you.”
This article originally appeared in the July 14 edition of the Monroe News.