Rep Walberg and Rep Dingell introduced a resolution today to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battles of River Raisin and the significance of these battles during the War of 1812.
H.Res. 37 also recognizes the collaborative work of the River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center in Monroe, Michigan with the Monroe County Historical Commission, Monroe County Historical Society, National Park Service and City of Monroe.
Rep Walberg released the following statement following the introduction:
"The Battles at River Raisin represent the largest conflict ever fought on Michigan soil and "Remember the Raisin' became the galvanizing battle cry for the remainder of the War of 1812. I ask my colleagues to join me in commemorating the 200th anniversary and recognize those who gave their lives fighting for our country."
Rep Walberg was joined in introducing the resolution by the Dean of the Michigan delegation, Rep. John D. Dingell, along with a majority of the Michigan Congressional delegation.
"The importance of the Battle of the River Raisin has gained significant attention since the River Raisin National Battlefield Park became the newest National Battlefield Park in 2009, and I am pleased to have helped have the site preserved in the National Park Service so future generations will know what happened on that hallowed ground. It is because of the Battles at Frenchtown that the U.S. successfully reclaimed the Northwest Territories, began a significant turning point in the War of 1812. I am proud to join with my colleagues, including Representative Walberg, to bring attention to this important milestone in the history of our region, our state, and our Nation. I join with my friends in Monroe and around the country in remembering the tragic massacre that happened on the banks of the River Raisin two hundred years ago," commented Rep. Dingell.