(WXYZ) - With painstaking attention to detail, artisans meticulously mold and sculpt scenes from World War II. There's the solider in a foxhole reading a letter from home, kids picking milkweed in Michigan for the purpose of stuffing life vests, and then there's the iconic Rosie the Riveter, inspired by a woman named Rose who worked at the Willow Run Aircraft Factory in Ypsilanti.
They're all going to be part of the official Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial, in Royal Oak's Memorial Park.
"Michigan has quite the unique story of its role in the war," explains project sculptor Larry Halbert.
President Roosevelt referred to Detroit as the "Great arsenal of democracy" because of how much of the automotive industry quickly converted to produce armaments during the war.
And now, all these years later, work is underway on the memorial. Russell Levine helped design the memorial, and is the VP of the project. His dad served in Europe.
"Folks who weren't able to travel or want to show their families and share their stories with their grandchildren will be able to have a place where they can do that," Levine explains.
But there's a sense of urgency here. Every year, we lose more and more of our World War II Veterans.
"We have a very big sunset clause," project President Debi Hollis says. "This generation of veterans and homefront workers are pasing away and we want this built before they're gone."
But for this to become a reality, it takes more than a skilled hand and a vision. It takes money... an estimated $4 million to complete and maintain the project for years to come.
"We're hoping that a lot of corporations step up," Holis says. "Corporations that were interested during the war and aided in the war effort then, we want them to aid the war memorial effort now."
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