Monday, November 20, 2023

WWII Memorial Latest Updates and News

November 2023 Newsletter

November is a Month for Giving Thanks

Honoring Our Veterans

On November 11th board members John and Judy Maten and Debi Hollis gathered at Centennial Commons for the City of Royal Oak's Veterans Day ceremony. The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial hosted a continental breakfast for those in attendance.

We would like to thank Arts, Beats, & Eats for their donation of coffee and bagels, provided and served by Mike Keith of The Office Coffee Shop in Royal Oak. We would also like to thank Give Thanks Bakery of Royal Oak for their donation of pastries.

Fundraising Continues in Full Force

The board has been working to raise $2 million to complete the Memorial as designed. To help us reach this goal, Joan Clarke has joined the team as our chief campaign strategist.

Joan is the founder and CEO of 2Hearts Consulting. She has orchestrated campaigns across the country for over 280 clients in the past forty years, raising over $4 billion.

Within the next few weeks we will be launching a state-wide fundraising campaign. Michigan's Greatest Generation worked together to help win WWII. It will take all of us working together (again) to complete The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial in their honor. If you would like to meet with Joan to hear more about our campaign, please contact her at

Make your donation today.

Campaign Updates:

  • We want to thank the Family of Aarol W. "Bud" & Elaine M. Corbat Irish for their gift of $10,000. We are truly grateful for their generous donation. Many members of the Irish family attended the Phase 1 dedication in August. They were thrilled to see one of their father's quotes from the book A Thousand Letters Home featured on the Mail Call plaque. This book was written by his daughter Teresa K. Irish, based on Bud's wartime correspondence.
  • We were pleased to receive a $25,000 grant from the Royal Oak Community Opportunity Fund. The grant was announced at the City of Royal Oak Commission meeting on November 13th.

Top photo: Army WWII veteran Aaron "Bud" Irish. Bottom photo: The family of Bud and Elaine Irish at the Phase 1 dedication


As the Allies raced to defeat Hitler, four men, all in the same unit, earned medal after medal for battlefield heroism. Maurice "Footsie" Britt, a former professional football player, became the very first American to receive every award for valor in a single war. Michael Daly was a West Point dropout who risked his neck over and over to keep his men alive. Keith Ware would one day become the first and only draftee in history to attain the rank of general before serving in Vietnam. In WWII, Ware owed his life to the finest soldier he ever commanded, a baby-faced Texan named Audie Murphy. In the campaign to liberate Europe, each would gain the ultimate accolade, the Congressional Medal of Honor.


Tapping into personal interviews and a wealth of primary source material, Alex Kershaw has delivered his most gripping account yet of American courage, spanning more than six hundred days of increasingly merciless combat, from the deserts of North Africa to the dark heart of Nazi Germany. Once the guns fell silent, these four exceptional warriors would discover just how heavy the Medal of Honor could be—and how great the expectations associated with it. Having survived against all odds, who among them would finally find peace? (Taken from the Amazon review)

Visit our Website
Donate Now
The Michigan WW2 Legacy Memorial | P.O. Box 8237, Royal Oak, MI 48068 (248)246-7280
Update Profile | Constant Contact Data Notice
Sent by powered by
Trusted Email from Constant Contact - Try it FREE today.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Mackinaw City Information: Mackinaw City Events

Click on Link below to view the Mackinaw City Motorcycle Rally


Friday, November 17, 2023

Woodhaven PetSmart Stuffed Animal Donation

 District 4 Riders Stuffed Animal Program:

The Riders Group from District 4 expresses gratitude to Woodhaven PetSmart for their exceptional involvement in the Stuffed Animal Donation Program. PetSmart urged its customers to contribute animals to our VFW Riders program, and we received remarkable results. Mike Lewis, the Flat Rock Post Commander; Bill Schaffer, the Riders President; Denny Bowdler, the Sergeant-at-Arms; and Gary DeMars, the Webmaster, visited the Woodhaven PetSmart store to collect what we assumed would be a moderate donation. However, they were pleasantly surprised to find out that they had 20 bags of donated animals to contribute to our program. We applaud PetSmart employees and its customers for a job well done.

VFW Riders Events - Stuffed Animal Donation

Thursday, November 16, 2023

VFW Day of Service Note

Be sure to check out the photo attached to his post. This photo was a national email sent out by the National VFW Headquarters. It's a great reminder of the amazing work we accomplished during the 2024 VFW Day of Service event and our current project. We should all feel proud of D4 Riders' recognition for our Stuffed Animal Program and the Day of Service project, where we built beds in Hamtramck.

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Monday, November 6, 2023

VFW Riders Events - Christmas Party