Delhi Township kicked off its 175th Birthday Celebration with recognition and a tribute at the Michigan Capitol, marking the beginning of a year’s worth of celebration.
On February 16, 1842, Delhi Township was established by an act of the Michigan Legislature, and on the same day in 2017, community representatives commemorated the historical event along with state lawmakers, community stakeholders and other public officials from the region.
“This is a celebration that looks towards our past and towards our collective future,” said Jacob McCormick, chair of the Holt-Delhi Historical Society. “Local history is an important unifier for all township residents.”
The celebration included a flag ceremony presented by local Girl Scout troops and signed tributes from Michigan State Representatives Tom Cochran and Sam Singh, and State Senator Curtis Hertel.
Delhi Township Supervisor John Hayhoe told the assembled audience he wanted to keep the community in good shape for his grandchildren so they can enjoy it like he did growing up.
“We talk about how great our physical attributes are in the community, like our trails, but it takes hard work from good people to make it special,” Hayhoe said.
The celebration will continue all year, tying the 175th celebration with many annual events in the community, including a 175th Anniversary Hometown Festival in August.