Happy 180th Birthday, Michigan!
By Quinn Alexander
Michiganders have a lot to celebrate as the state turned 180 years old.
Michigan leaders gathered Thursday in the Michigan State Capitol to celebrate the state’s accomplishments and 180 degree turnaround since its initial statehood was granted on January 26, 1837.
Speakers touted Michigan’s history, successes and how far the state has come. Gov. Rick Snyder spoke about Michigan’s comeback over the past six years including our economic and population growth. He talked about Michigan’s future, ensuring a continued focus on the future of mobility, education and infrastructure in the comeback state.
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley gave a look into Michigan’s military history, explaining the word “TUEBOR”, or “I will defend”, which graces the state’s flag. Lt. Gov. Calley also called for a moment of silence for those Michiganders who fought and died for the state and country.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson spoke of how far her department has come since its creation, including the transition of driver’s license plates from leather to aluminum.
The event also included remarks from legislative leaders, Supreme Court Justice Robert Young Jr. and State Historian Sandra Clark.