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The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial


Saturday November 10, 2018: 11:00am to 1:00pm


Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room


In honor of Veteran’s Day, Debi Hollis, Russell Levine and sculptor Larry Halbert of the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial project will describe their work and Michigan’s role in the “War that Changed the World”.

At this event, Ann Arbor District Library staff will also unveil a new online collection of over 500 photographs of WWII military personnel, many previously unpublished, from the Library's Ann Arbor News photographic archive.

About the Memorial:

Michigan has a unique history to share when it comes to WWII. On top of the more than 600,000 residents who served in the armed forces, countless others served on the home front where Rosie the Riveter and the Arsenal of Democracy were born. From the factories to the fields, Michigan supplied the war machine with everything from guns, tanks, bombers, planes and ships to livestock, crops and K-rations.

Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial
Birds-Eye Rendering of Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial

The goal of the The Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial is completion in Royal Oak’s Memorial Park in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2020.

The memorial will provide a year-round, multi-purpose destination that will encourage visitors to commemorate those who served and celebrate our freedoms. It will provide an environment that will attract visitors of all ages to explore and learn. It will also serve 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. A focal point of the memorial will be nine life-sized bronze statues grouped into three scenes depicting Michigan residents on land, sea and air, on both the home front and the war front.

Maquette for Michigan World War II Memorial
Maquette by sculptor Larry Halbert