by Dean Cousino
Capt. Norman W. Heck Park and its famous Monroe memorial to Vietnam War veterans may play an important role in helping homeless veterans.The marble monument and the two raised combat helicopters at the park will be part of a music video that is being made to promote the sad plight of homeless veterans.
The song, "The Unknown Man," is being produced by the Detroit-area rock band ACT, an idea conceived by John R. Rose of Woodhaven, bass player for the band and a Vietnam veteran himself. Mr. Rose said there are more than 130,000 veterans nationwide who have no place to call home."The plight of the homeless vets is a disgrace, a travesty beyond belief," the 57-year-old Rose said while helping the band set up its instruments at the base of the helicopters Saturday.
"We need more awareness, money and volunteers to help them. This is one way to do it."The video and song are being made to bring attention to the homeless veteran. Most of the music for the song already has been recorded and is being mastered for a CD, Mr. Rose said. It should be available for sale within two months, he said.
Other band members who sang and played on the video Saturday were guitarist Jason Emerald and drummer and percussionist Michael Johnson, who joined the band in 2008. The group has a strong Motor City background and offers the best rock 'n' roll music since the days of The Amboy Dukes, Grand Funk Railroad, Mitch Ryder and The MC5, Mr. Rose said.
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