Your Voice: Founders Festival celebrates unity

To the editor:

This week our community of Farmington and Farmington Hills marks the peak of summer with the Founder’s Festival and Parade through Downtown Farmington.

While we will be celebrating our long, shared history, many other communities throughout our nation are grieving. We have witnessed a level of violence between Americans that has not been seen in many years.

Events that have occurred across our country have resulted in a feeling of divisiveness and mistrust.

While our community is fortunate to not have experienced these events first hand, we are ALL united Americans, and these events affect us all. Perhaps Dallas Police Chief David Brown’s words during a news conference on Friday morning summed it up, “We’re hurting.” Those words reflect what is happening in our Great Nation.

Farmington Mayor Bill Galvin (l.) and Farmington Hills Mayor Ken Massey, Farmington Mayor Bill Galvin
Farmington Mayor Bill Galvin (l.) and Farmington Hills Mayor Ken Massey (r.)

Our City Councils and mayors are privileged to serve the citizens of both Farmington and Farmington Hills. We have a cohesive and cooperative approach. We share history, services and friendships.

Our communities enjoy family friendly neighborhoods and streets. Together we continue to maintain our presence in the State of Michigan as one of the largest inclusive communities and a destination for unity. This quality of life is again reflected in both cities being named in the top 25 places to live in our State by

Saturday morning our first responders join each other to lead our parade along Grand River Ave in our annual Founder’s Parade. Your City Councils and Administrations will join each other arm in arm. We will also be joined by you, our friends, neighbors, businesses, churches, temples and mosques that make up our community.

Mayor Massey and Mayor Galvin invite you to attend this year’s Founder’s Festival. We hope you will use it as a time to celebrate and unite among each other to strengthen the bonds between our two cities, our one community.

Ken Massey, Mayor of Farmington Hills
Bill Galvin, Mayor of Farmington