USO Party for Detroit - Greatest Generation

Wixom, Michigan (PressExposure) August 06, 2009 -- CONTACT: Keith Famie – Executive Producer, Phone: 248.869.0096; Email:


With the sultry styling of Milena Thomas and the sublime piano playing of Patrick Johnson as a musical accompaniment, the most significant photograph of Detroit-area World War II veterans ever taken will be unveiled on August 17th at Andiamo Italia’s banquet center in Warren.

The unveiling ceremony will be heralded by Fred Gardner from Caber Feigh Pipers followed by two soldiers and a pair of World War II veterans carrying the framed print, which will be decked in blue silk. The draped image will be set on a special easel awaiting its unveiling later in the evening.

On August 18th, a similar ceremony and star-studded celebration will occur at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham as Milena Thomas again entertains with a selection of 1940’s tunes while the photograph is unveiled with pomp and honor.

The now-famous photograph has been receiving massive media attention since it was taken on May 28th. It depicts 720 surviving World War II veterans gathered in masse on the tarmac of the Yankee Air Museum and posing in front of a fullyrestored B-17 Bomber, the Yankee Lady’.

Subsequently, the poster-sized photograph was signed by most of those veterans and is intended to be delivered to President Barack Obama as a testimonial to the sacrifices made by Michigan vets throughout World War II. It is also meant to pay homage to Detroit as the ‘Arsenal of Democracy’, without whose home front contributions in manufacturing munitions and equipment, World War II could not have been won.

This is the first time that the signed, poster-sized photograph has been made available for viewing by the general public and the first time that Detroit has made a direct request to the President of the United States for recognition of services rendered during World War II.

Both events will also serve as a venue for Executive Producer Keith Famie of Wixom’s Visionalist Entertainment Productions to offer a ‘sneak peek’ at ‘Detroit: Our Greatest Generation’, a documentary film about World War II vets scheduled for airing on WDIV-TV during the 2009 holiday season. The taking of the photograph, whose significance both emotionally and historically cannot be overstated, is featured prominently in the documentary.

A phenomenal display of World War II memorabilia will also be on display throughout the festivities, courtesy of the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum. The Yankee Air Museum will be hosting a similar display of Air Force related items. In addition, some of Detroit’s most prominent veterans support groups, including the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund and Honor Flight Michigan will be on hand to explain the importance of their causes and how they effectively look out for our World War II vets in the autumn years of their lives.

Local political luminaries are expected at both events along with a number of decorated veterans who are featured prominently in ‘Detroit: Our Greatest Generation.’ Milena Thomas, an active, nationally recognized performer of opera and theater, is styling her vocal interludes to match the upbeat, ‘swing’ feel of the evening.

The events are scheduled to begin at 6:30 for strolling appetizers and a meet and greet with the decorated guests of honor followed by a ceremonious 8:30 unveiling. The $75 donation will also include a commemorative tee-shirt and an 8X10 copy of the remarkable photograph before it heads to Washington.

Proceeds from the event also support two well-recognized charitable organizations: The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund and the Yankee Air Museum, as well as the production of the fim.

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Press Release Submitted On: August 06, 2009 at 10:58 am
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