Battlefield dedication held at MCCC

The dedication celebration of the River Raisin National Battlefield Park took place Oct. 22 on MCCC’s campus.

The event was held in The La-Z-Boy Center, starting with a reception in the atrium and finishing with a presentation in Meyer Theatre.

Video of battlefield dedication

The celebration honored the now official landmark status of the battlefield, which was the site of one of the deadliest battles of the War of 1812.

Several local and state politicians attended, including Monroe Mayor Robert Clark, State Sen. Randy Richardville and former Mayor Mark Worrell. U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and U.S. Rep. John Dingell were the keynote speakers.

A wide blend of citizens attended the event, including several dressed up in colonial garb, with women wearing traditional outfits circa 1800, and men in costume as United States soldiers from the era.

Karianne Kidd, an MCCC student who attended the reception, found the people who attended to be the most interesting part of the celebration.

“I really don’t know a whole lot about the battle, but it was pretty funny to look up one minute and see people dressed as soldiers with muskets and spears walk through the doors of the college,” Kidd said.