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May 2024 Newsletter

Honoring Sacrifice

Memorial Day is right around the corner. For many, it marks the beginning of summer. As Americans, however, the day is a time to remember those who paid the ultimate price, fighting to preserve the freedoms we enjoy.

Wherever you spend Memorial Day, we invite you to pause and remember those who never returned from the battlefield.

As a way to honor and remember the 15,458 Michigan service men and women who lost their lives during WWII, the Memorial will include an imposing 10-feet high and 50-feet black granite Wall of Stars. We are currently raising funds for the Wall as well as the other elements that will complete The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial.

We need your help as we work to complete this $2M project honoring Michigan's warfront and home front heroes. Hit the button below to make your contribution and keep reading to join us at our upcoming events!

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Join Us for Our Memorial Day Family Event!

Monday, May 27th

2:00-5:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. Ceremony

Memorial Park, Royal Oak

The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial and the Royal Oak Leprechauns are co-hosting a Memorial Day Family Fun Day in Memorial Park. Bring the whole family and celebrate Memorial Day with us.

The day will feature games for all ages, food, music by Bobby McManus, and a special Memorial Day ceremony and wreath laying, which will take place at 4:00 p.m.

The day will be capped off with the Royal Oak Leprechauns' Opening Day game against the Kenosha Kingfish, beginning at 6:35 p.m. Tickets for the game can be purchased through the Royal Oak Leprechauns' website.

Bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets. Parking is available in the 13 Mile and Coolidge lot or in the city lot adjacent to the Memorial site, just south of Village Jeep.

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Farmington to Dedicate First Plaque

in The Michigan WWII Historic Trail

The first plaque in The Michigan WWII Historic Trail will be dedicated on Memorial Day, May 24th, at the conclusion of the Farmington Memorial Day parade. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m., marching west on Grand River from Orchard Lake Road and ending at the city's War Memorial Monument, located in Farmington's Memorial Park, located on Oakland Avenue.

The Historic Trail plaque will be unveiled and dedicated as part of the Memorial Day ceremony taking place in the park. All are invited.

Click here for more information about becoming a part of the trail

Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of D-Day

Plans are in the works for a special D-Day celebration marking the 80th anniversary of the landing on the beaches in Normandy, which turned the tide of the war in Europe.

We will have WWII vehicles at the park from noon until 5:00 p.m. on June 6th, with a short ceremony held at 12:30 p.m.

Be sure to watch our Facebook page and website for more details.

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The Memorial Garden is Taking Shape!

Members of the Royal Oak Garden Club and Memorial volunteers cleaned out and prepared the Memorial garden box, located at 13 Mile and Woodward Avenue. Over the next few weeks volunteers will be planting a variety of red, white, and blue flowers to beautify the entrance to Memorial Park.

We want to give a big shout out to the Garden Club for collecting funds at this year's Royal Oak in Bloom. The money will be used to purchase flowers for the garden.

We are also seeking volunteers to help with weeding and maintenance during the growing season. If you can to help, contact us!

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Book of the Month

With the 80th anniversary of D-Day coming up, we thought it appropriate to promote a WWII classic for summer reading.

The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan's unsurpassed account of D-Day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly recreates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany.

This book, first published in 1959, is a must for anyone who loves history, as well as for anyone who wants to better understand how free nations prevailed at a time when darkness enshrouded the earth.

(book review taken from Amazon)


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