Events planned for V-E Day anniversary

Warren, Royal Oak and St. Clair Shores programs to celebrate veterans and ‘Stories of V-E Day’

By: Brian Louwers | C&G Newspapers | Published May 4, 2015

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WARREN — The 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe, will be celebrated locally with several special events planned for May 8-9.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said the city anticipates that more than 200 veterans will attend an event at 2 p.m. May 8 recognizing all those who served in the military. Fouts, who has hosted several programs for veterans in the past, said the May 8 gathering would be a “final great tribute to World War II veterans.”

There will be several prominent speakers in Warren, including Guy Stern, director of the Institute for the Righteous at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills. Stern, a professor and a decorated World War II veteran who served in a specialized military intelligence group, left Germany for the United States in 1937 and later learned that his Jewish parents and siblings died under Nazi rule.

Lt. Col. Harry Stewart, a decorated World War II fighter pilot and one of the famous “Tuskegee Airmen,” and retired U.S. Rep. John Dingell, also a World War II veteran, are also scheduled to attend.

The program will be held in the atrium of Warren City Hall, just east of Van Dyke and north of 12 Mile.

Fouts said he had four uncles who served in World War II. His mother’s oldest brother, Dutch, was killed on D-Day.

“They are a generation that wanted nothing but to be patriotic and serve their country,” Fouts said. “That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing.”

All veterans from any community are welcome to attend the program. World War II veterans interested in attending can register in advance by calling (586) 574-4515.

Royal Oak will host a V-E Day 70th Anniversary Celebration at the future home of the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial at 13 Mile and Woodward from 4:30-7:30 p.m. May 8.

The event will showcase the unfurling of a massive American flag at 6 p.m. and a flyover by a B-17 from the Yankee Air Museum shortly thereafter. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.mich iganww2memorial.org/events/ve-day-announce.

On May 9, the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will host an event spotlighting “Stories of V-E Day.” The museum, also celebrating its first anniversary, will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  The special V-E Day program will begin at 11 a.m. with an opportunity to meet some of the people featured in the special V-E Day coverage in our newspapers, along with other guests. Admission is a $5 donation to the museum. Veterans of World War II get in free.

The museum is located at 22960 W. Industrial Drive in St. Clair Shores. For more information, call (586) 604-5393.

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