State Sen. Steven Bieda, Gov. Rick Snyder and Art Fishman
State Sen. Steven Bieda, Gov. Rick Snyder and Art Fishman

Jewish veteran and Detroit resident Art Fishman was in Lansing last month at the signing of the Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial Fund Act, which created the ability for Michigan residents to donate a portion of their state income tax refund to the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial, which is scheduled to open in Royal Oak in 2020.

The memorial, to be located in Memorial Park at the northeast corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward, will occupy about three-quarters of an acre and is expected to cost $3 million.

For Fishman, 91, a WWII veteran of both the U.S. Army Air Corps Cadet program and the U.S. Navy, the signing was the culmination of five years of work leading the committee that spearheaded support for Michigan’s WWII Memorial. For his dedication to the cause, he was one of the first two recipients of the Victory Award given at the annual Victory Gala of the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial. He is a member of JWV Post 510 and belongs to Temple Shir Shalom.

The memorial will pay homage to both Michigan WWII veterans and those who served on the home front.

“Whatever ability I have left in me,” Fishman previously told the JN, “I will do to help future generations remember WWII and what so many courageous men and women sacrificed to save the world.”

It was only fitting that he was at Gov. Rick Snyder’s side as the act was signed into law.