Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, Detroit

Stock Photo by Alessandro Paiva
The city of Detroit was founded 311 years ago today when Antoine Cadillac led a garrison of French troops to establish a fort at what is now Detroit.

Today offers us, as a community, a chance to remember all that we have lived through. Wars, race and labor riots, and military occupations are all a part of our story as are the birth and death of great industries.

We have encountered enormous challenges over the past three centuries and have always found a way to overcome them. I have no doubt that we will continue to do so.

Happy birthday to our fair city and to all Detroiters - both those who live among us and those who love us from afar.
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