HEROES: Ypsilanti

It was no "sick man of Europe" who attacked Greece in 1822. It was the conquering greedy Turk, bloody scimitar in hand, who hacked his way through the country, finally battered at the walls of Argos. Demetrios Ypsilanti held the citadel with 300 henchmen against 30,000 Turks. For three days Hero Ypsilanti did not budge; thereafter his name was ranked in Greek legend with Leonidas of Thermopylae.

It was in 1825 that a band of Michigan settlers proudly named a rude village Ypsilanti. Last week some 7,000 of its citizens met to see the presentation of a marble bust of...