Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 9, 2013

Plans move forward for WWII memorial


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — ROYAL OAK (AP) — Plans are moving forward for a $3 million World War II memorial in suburban Detroit, with bricks that will be part of the project going on display this month.

Red bricks are being donated for the Walk of Honor at the future Michigan WWII Memorial in Royal Oak, The Daily Tribune reported. The walk will ring the memorial and its pillars, statues and wall of stars representing lives lost.

For three years, volunteers with the Honor Flight Michigan Legacy Project have been collecting inscribed bricks to line the walk. Almost 300 have been donated. They’re going on display March 16 at the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society in Eastpointe.

“We have a really lofty fundraising goal but so is our goal for this tribute to Michigan,” said Debi Hollis, president of the legacy group.

“We want to honor the servicemen and women, and show the contribution of the home front — everything from the huge production of tanks, weapons and aircraft to the life vests made in Petoskey and the iron ore mined in the Upper Peninsula.”

The bricks will be kept at the museum until the memorial is ready. The inscribed bricks cost $100, $200 and $500 each, depending on the size.