Michigan Honors World War II Veterans at Dedication of Legacy Memorial Site
The more than 600,000 Michigan residents who served in the armed services in World War II as well as countless others who served on the home front will be honored Sunday, May 27 at the dedication of The Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial.
The event will mark the official unveiling of the memorial’s future home in Memorial Park in Royal Oak. Attendees at the event are scheduled to include: state Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy, 13th District Vice Chair; Veterans Military Affairs and Homeland Security, Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison, state Rep. Jim Townsend, D-Royal Oak; Master Sergeant Jeffrey Rector, members of Michigan’s veterans organizations, school groups, friends and family. The public is encouraged to attend this momentous event honoring those who sacrificed to secure our freedom.
The Memorial is designed to be a place where future generations can learn about Michigan’s storied history during the war as well as a place to honor those who experienced it firsthand.
“This memorial will mark an important piece of our state’s history,” said Pappageorge. “I am proud to be a part of honoring this generation that has sacrificed so much for us with a legacy that not only expresses our gratitude but will share their story with generations to come.”
Located in the heart of the Woodward corridor in Royal Oak, Memorial Park was the perfect home for what is to be designated Michigan’s official WWII memorial. Spearheaded by the Honor Flight Michigan - The Legacy Project, the memorial will reside mere feet from where Honor Flight Michigan would meet to take veterans to Washington to see the National Memorial for many years. “We took them to their memorial and now we’re bringing the memorial to them,” said Tim Downey, a board member with the project.
Funding for the memorial will be made through donations. Currently donations are being accepted to purchase brick pavers honoring loved ones. Bricks can be purchased by emailing email@example.com. Architectural designs for the memorial are being provided by Moiseev-Gordon & Associates (http://mga-architects.net/) in Royal Oak along with local artists Don Brown and Larry Halbert.
Sunday’s event kicks off at 1:00 p.m. and will feature a performance by American Liberty Pop Singers (http://www.libertypops.org/), The Plymouth Canton Vietnam Veterans of America - Chapter 528, including five Rifleman and a Bugler, will do a full Ceremonial presentation of arms with U.S.A. and Michigan flags as well as military branches. They will also perform “Taps” and a three-shot salute at the end of the ceremony. Additionally, authentic World War II vehicles will be on display courtesy of the Arsenal of Democracy Museum (http://www.arsenalofdemocracy.org/). A mobile stage is being donated by Oakland County Parks.
If you go
Meet at the flagpole in the northeast corner of Memorial Park at 1 p.m. Sunday.
About Michigan’s World War II Memorial:
To honor Michigan residents who served in the armed forces and on the home front during World War II. The memorial provides a year-round multi-purpose destination that tells Michigan’s unique story and encourages visitors to both commemorate and celebrate their freedom. It also serves as an inspiration for future generations, reminding us all of the remarkable patriotism, selfless sacrifices and extraordinary devotion to liberty that helped save the world. For more information contact: 888.229.6126 or visit www.MichiganWW2Memorial.org