The purpose of the Memorial is to honor Michigan residents who served in the armed forces and on the home front during World War II. Michigan has a unique story to tell about 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.
The Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial will be built on donated land in Memorial Park at the northeast corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue — which was dedicated to be a World War II memorial in 1948, but was never pursued and carried out. The oval fashioned structure will include a central grassy area that can be used for picnics and concerts in the warmer months. It will become an ice rink during the winter. Features of the memorial include a granite walkway through a Michigan map, highlighting the areas where the state made contributions to the warfront; 13 pillars representing aspects of war, such as service and industry; and three statues, representing land, sea, and air military branches.
To listeners of the Dick Purtan Radio Show in Detroit, Al Muskovitz was known as “Big Al Muskavito” where he was a writer, producer, performer, impersonator and character voice talent for 18 years. His last 14 years were spent at CBS radio station WOMC, until Dick’s retirement in 2010. Since leaving the airwaves Al has been freelance writing and acting for print, radio and television, as well as being sought after as an event emcee and speaker. Prior to his radio career Al owned and operated a full-service advertising agency for 18 years.
Al’s strong affection for those who put their lives on hold and on the line to protect our freedom goes back to his childhood. In 2009, Al and his son were guardians on an Honor Flight 25, chaperoning WWII veterans from Michigan, at no charge, to see their memorial in Washington, D.C. His commitment to honoring our Greatest Generation continues today as a member of The Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial board. Al’s responsibilities include community outreach to Detroit’s Jewish war veterans as well as being a public relations liaison to local corporations and the media.