SOURCE: The Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial

Duffey Petrosky

August 11, 2015 14:51 ET

The Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial Hosts 70th Anniversary of V-J Day

ROYAL OAK, MI--(Marketwired - August 11, 2015) - The Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial will commemorate the 70th anniversary of V-J Day on August 16, 2015 at Memorial Park in Royal Oak, Michigan. The celebration will be hosted by US Air Force veteran and Fox 2 Detroit Chief Meteorologist, Rich Luterman, from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

"Our theme line is 'Honoring Sacrifice. Celebrating Freedom,' and that is exactly what this event intends to do," said Debi Hollis, President of The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial. "We are inviting everyone to join us in celebration of the anniversary of our nation's defeat over Japan and the end of WWII. We are honored to pay tribute to our Michigan veterans and home front workers."

V-J Day marks the day on which WWII ended with Japan's announcement to surrender to the Allies.

Other highlights of the event include:

  • A 3:00 p.m. flyover of a T-6 "Pilot Maker" plane from the Tuskegee National Airman Museum in formation with three motorgliders from Team Tuskegee
  • Swing dancing to music performed by The Masters of Music Big Band
  • Color guard presentation from Berkley American Legion Post 374
  • Exclusive memorabilia, including hats, tees and 70th Anniversary medal pins
  • The Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee
  • A musical salute to the military branches
  • The National Anthem sung by WWII veteran Harold Lanning
  • Welcome by Jim Ellison, Mayor of Royal Oak
  • Food trucks and special guests
  • Excerpts of historical speeches and documents to be read by:
  • Art Fishman, US Navy, Pacific Theater of Operations
  • Christine Grieg, State Representative, 37th District
  • L. Brooks Paterson, Oakland County Executive
  • Rob Price, Director of Targeted Outreach, Michigan Veterans Affairs
  • Dustin Rice, MSU Student

About the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial:

The mission of The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial is to honor Michigan residents who served in the armed forces and on the home front during World War II. Officially recognized as the state's tribute to our contributions during WWII, 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.

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