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World War II veterans to share their stories of service and homecoming on May 7 at Lorenzo Cultural Center

– Monday, April 25, 2016 12:00AM

Concluding program in the center’s The 1940s program series also features commander of Selfridge ANGB and a color guard of Vietnam veterans

Recognizing the ranks of World War II veterans are rapidly shrinking, the concluding program of the Lorenzo Cultural Center program series The 1940s: Through the War and Beyond will feature the personal remembrances of two of the war’s veterans.

Stories of Service, at 1 p.m. on May 7, will feature Army veteran Douglas Harvey and Marines veteran Frank Torre.  Joining them for an interactive discussion will be Brian Louwers, a staff writer at C&G Newspapers, and John Lind, director of the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 Color Guard will open the event with a short posting-of-colors ceremony.  Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, commander, 127th Wing, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, will offer opening remarks. 

The presentation is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Register by phone by calling 585.445.7348 or emailing

The 1940s, which concludes with this presentation, offered nearly 40 presentations, performances and films, as well as exhibits, exploring this decade of radical transformation.  The exhibits in the cultural center’s 8,500-square-foot Discovery Hall include a 1944 armored utility car used to transport reconnaissance personnel, artifacts from the period and several traveling exhibits, including, Fighting on the Home Front: Propaganda Posters of World War II, from the Detroit Historical Society; A Few Good Women: Women in the Military During the Second World War,the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame; and  Koppitz Beer, a showcase of the Detroit brewing company’s patriotic artwork, from the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society.

The Lorenzo Cultural Center is located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road (at Hall Road), in Clinton Township

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