On March 25, 1945, a Farmington Hills woman heard what sounded like a pistol firing on an otherwise quiet Sunday afternoon. She went to her window and saw a small bonfire burning in a neighbor’s field. The neighbor, John Cook, later found some debris which was subsequently identified as part of a Japanese FU-GO weather balloon bomb, the world’s first ever weapon possessing intercontinental range.
The Japanese balloon strikes on North America were at that time the longest ranged attacks ever conducted in the history of warfare, a record which was not broken until the 1982 Operation Black Buck raids during the Falkland Islands War.
As the state’s legislator from the district that was attacked by the Empire of Japan, it is fitting, therefore, that Representative Christine Greig of Michigan’s 37th District, which comprises Farmington and Farmington Hills, read a portion of the surrender demands the Allies made of Japan in the summer of 1945.
In her first term, Rep. Greig serves on the House Communications and Technology, Education and Workforce and Talent Development committees. Previously, Rep. Greig had a distinguished business career both in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur in addition to a long history of community service and raising three children.
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