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Congressman John D. Dingell

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Serving Michigan's 15th Congressional District

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Dingell Praises Passage of River Raisin National Battlefield Legislation

Washington, DC - Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI15) released the following statement today regarding the passage of HR 5132, the River Raisin National Battlefield Study Act:

“Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed HR 5132, which will create a study to explore adding the River Raisin Battlefield under the National Park system. I introduced this legislation because I believe it is important not only for Michigan, but also for our nation’s history, that we protect these lands so future generations can learn about the battles and recognize the sacrifices of those who died there.

“The War of 1812 is one of the least studied, but most important episodes of our nation’s history. The River Raisin Battle in particular was the bloodiest battle ever in Michigan. I can think of no better way to honor those who fought there than to make the site a permanent memorial to their bravery and sacrifice. With the help of the Monroe Mayor Al Cappuccilli, Congressman Dale Kildee (D-MI05) and Michigan Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow and the many local officials in Monroe County, the River Raisin Battlefield will finally receive the national recognition it deserves. I’d also like to thank the Chairman of the Committee on Resources, Congressman Richard Pombo (R-CA11), for his help.”

If the Levin-Stabenow bill passes the Senate, the Secretary of the Interior would study the suitability of including the site of the River Raisin massacre into the National Park system. The State of Michigan has provided $1 million for brownfield redevelopment and rehabilitation of the site. In addition, the City of Monroe and the Monroe County Historical Society have each pledged $35,000 for the creation of a master plan for the entire battlefield site, and they will soon be applying for a Battlefield Protection Grant through the National Park Service.

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