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 National Rosie the Riveter Day "co-founders" Mae Krier and Phyllis Gould with Senator Bob Casey (Pa), Senator Amy Klobucher (MN), and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick at Captiol Hill reception. (R) Oregon Spirit of '45 planting inaugural Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden in Portland.
 
National Rosie the Riveter Day 2018
Congratulations to everyone who made history!
 
 
Everything's coming up Rosies! 
 
The Spirit of '45 Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens campaign officially kicked off on March 21st, designated by Congress as National Rosie the Riveter Day as part of National Womens History Month.  
 
   
 Spirit of '45 youth leader Madeleine LeBeau shares ideas with Congresswoman Jackie Speier during Rosie Reception on Capitol Hill.  Six graders from New Hampshire brave the snow strom to honor the nation's Rosies at the National WWII Memorial.
 
The first Rosie roses were planted on the first National Rosie the Riveter Day last year by the National Park Service during a ceremony at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front Historical Park in Richmond, CA.  
 
National Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Richmond, CA where the first Rosie roses were planted at the Memorial by the National Park Service on the first National Rosie the Riveter Day, March 21, 2017.  Two dozen new Rosie the Riveter Roses were added this year.  
See description of National Park Service event below.
 
 
 A Message from Elinor Otto - America's Longest Working Rosie 
    I want to personally thank everyone who participated in National Rosie the Riveter Day this year, especially those of you who planted the first Rosie rose gardens in your communities to help inspire a new generation of 21st century Rosies who can succeed in the high technology workplace of the future. We Rosies made history. Now its YOUR turn!  
 
 
       
 Still riveting at Boeing at age 95, flying with the USAF, thanking Senator Collins and Madeleine LeBeau, inspiring the next generation of Rosies, planting the first Rosie the Riveter Roses, meeting with families in New York, attending WWII leadership conference on the Queen Mary with fellow Spirit of '45 Day spokesperson, legendary Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend.
 
 Still going great at 98!
 
 
 
The goal of the Rosie Rose Gardens campaign is to help build public support for the Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act now pending in the House and Senate by planting at least one Garden in every Congressional District and mobilizing the Spirit of '45 network to ask their elected officials to support the Act. 
 
 
Nearly 50 Gardens have already been planted at WWII memorials, museums, public parks, air fields, senior living communities, and other locations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,Virginia, Texas, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
 
Find a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden near you -
or plant Rosie roses in your own community.
 
Special thanks to the American Rosie the Riveter Association for their outstanding leadership over the past 20 years! 
 
See you in New Orleans!  
ARRA National Convention
June 1 - 3 
 
Here are some photos, video clips and comments folks are sending in to us to document their events and activities (new items will be posted as they are received): 
 
 
Oregon Spirit of '45 leads the way!
 
Oregon is the first state to plant Rosie roses in all of its Congressional Districts, and planted a full dozen Gardens in time for National Rosie the Riveter Day.  
 
 
Barb Jensen (front, far right) with Oregon Rosie supporters.  (R) Newly planted Rosie roses at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum,  
 
 
Barb Jensen and her Oregon Spirit of '45 team have reached out to Oregon's Congressional delegation to urge them all to support the passage of the Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act.
 
“We want to make sure that the contributions of women of our Greatest Generation – all who answered the call on the Home Front and those who served in uniform during WWII – are fully honored and officially acknowledged."
 
                                           Barbara Jensen, founder and president Oregon Spirit of '45 Day
 
 
ARRA past president and Spirit of '45 ambassador Yvonne Fasold organized the first National Rosie the Riveter Day Rosie rose planting in Eugene, OR to kick off the week which saw dozens of similar Spirit of '45 partner events across the country.  
  
 
Rosie planting Rosie the Riveter Memorial Roses in Eugene, OR.  Official Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens plaque.  ARRA past president Yvonne Fasold interviewing Rosies during dedication ceremony. 
 

"We were honored to be part of this rose planting ceremony honoring the legacy of Rosie the Riveters locally and nationally. This is one of many rose gardens that will be planted across the country between now and March 21, Rosie the Riveter Day, to recognize the remarkable women who made history on the Home Front during World War II. These living memorials will inspire generations to come." Willamalane Park and Recreation District. Eugene, OR

 
"Rosebuds" in Action
Special thanks to Yvonne Fasold, past president, American Rosie the Riveter Association and proud daughter of a Rosie, for her continuing leadership on behalf of our nation's Rosies and their families.
  
You "ARRA" inspiration! 
 
 
 
 
Arizona's first Rosie roses planted at Sun Bowl by ARRA

Linda Lundberg and her colleagues of the largest ARRA chapter planted their first Rosie roses in Arizona in front of the Sun Bowl in Sun City.
 
 
Rosie Fran Ellis plants Arizona's first Rosie roses in front of the Sun Bowl. (R) National Rosie the Riveter Day "co-founder" Mae Krier with Arizona Senator John McCain, March 21, 2017.
 
 
 
ARRA Founder plants first Rosie Roses in Alabama 
 
Dr. Fran Carter planted Rosie roses at her residence at the Brookdale University Park residence in Birmingham, AL.  Fran and her husband, John, founded the American Rosie the Riveter Association - the nation's largest organization for the preservation of the legacy of the women who made history on the Home Front during WWII which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
 
 
  
 Fran Carter has been rallying Rosies and helping collect and share their stories for two decades.  
 
  
 Fran's daughter, "Rosebud" Nell Branum, leads the National Rosie the Riveter Day ceremony at her mother's residence.
 
 Rosie the Riveter Roses planted at Alabama National Cemetery
 
"Thanks to everyone who came out to the Alabama National Cemetery to honor Rosie the Riveters at our Memorial Rose Garden Dedication on April 11. We were honored by the presence of Mrs. Fran Carter, founder of the national Rosie the Riveter's Association. We look forward to watching these special roses bloom in the future as a constant reminder of their "can do" spirit and important role played by our Rosies in the war effort." 
Support Committee for Alabama National Cemetery 
 
  
     
   
 More photos here
 
Rosie Rose bushes and official Memorial Garden plaque were generously donated by the Birmingham Chapter of Gold Star Mothers, and the stand for the Plaque was built with weatherproof materials by an ALNC Maintenance employee.
 
Highlights of the ALNC program (click here for a PDF of the program):
  • The Patriot Guard Riders & American Legion Riders entered on their bikes and established a Flag Line.
  • Bagpiper Kathleen Ryan played WWII songs.
  • ALNC Support Committee Officer and Gold Star Mother, Adrienne Bourland, who son is interred at the Cemetery, was the M/C for the program.
  • SC Chaplain and Air Force veteran Ed Burdett led the group in Prayer.
  • The National Anthem was performd by Charity Bowden, Ms. Shelby County 2018 and recording artist and contestant on The Voice.
  • John Little, who served in the Army in Italy during the war, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Gene Ramsay of Bugles Across America, played the WWII popular song "White Cliffs of Dover."
  • Eldon Woodie, Director of ALNC joined special guest ARRA Founder Fran Carter and the other Rosies  for a Ribbon Cutting ceremony.
  • The DAR is provided the Ribbon and Rosie Roses for each of the Rosies present.
  • Kathleen Ryan ended the program with a performance of  "Going Home."
 
 
 Special thanks to Pam Nichols, newly elected Chairwoman of the Support Committee for the Alabama National Cemetery
 
 
 
San Diego Veterans Museum plants Rosie Rose Garden in historic Balboa Park
 
The Veterans Museum and Memorial in San Diego's historic Balboa Park held a public ceremony to officially dedicate its Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Rosie Remembrance ceremony which invited attendees to place roses in a wreath to honor the women who made history on the Home Front during WWII.
 
The event was attended by original Rosies and their families, young girls dressed up as Rosie lookalikes (aka "Rosiettes"), and WWII veterans.  The Garden will be in full bloom in August when the Museum hosts its annual Spirit of '45 Day.
 
      
 
Special guests included Spirit of '45 Day "founding father" Pearl Harbor Survivor Stu Hedley who rode on the Spirit of '45 float in the 2017 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC with Rosies Elinor Otto, Mae Krier and Phyllis Gould. 
 
 
 Spirit of '45 Day "Founding Father," Pearl Harbor Survivor Stu Hedley with his next Great Generation
 
 
Watch the Video (You'll love the kids!)
 
 
Click here for more photos
(Courtesy Bazzy Barron, Wave Our Flag)
 
 
 
 
Silicon Valley Rosie Rose Garden planted at History Park  
 
A beutiful Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden is being planted in the 14-acre History Park in San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, where there is growing concern over gender issues in the tech industry.  
 
One of the goals of the Rosie Gardens campaign is to help inspire young women to be 21st Century Rosies by preparing themselves to compete successfully for jobs and careers in the high technology economy of the future. 
 
  
 Robert Corpus, Spirit of '45 Day "co-founder" with History San Jose president Alida Bray and Rosie lookalikes
 
 
 
National Park Service honors Rosies, expands first Rose Garden
 
The National Park Service at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park and Rosie the Riveter Trust held a media event and photo opportunity on Wednesday, March 21 to mark the 2018 National Rosie the Riveter Day.
 
 
 
WWII Rosie's were in attendance, as well as congressional representatives and Richmond Mayor Tom Butt. NPS Chief of Interpretation Kelli English and Trust Executive Director Marsha Mather-Thrift spoke of the importance of the contribution of Rosies during WWII.
 
The original WWII Rosies - now in their 90s - who now serve as national park docents to help educate the public about their efforts and the war - gathered with other local Rosies at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center in Richmond, Calif., to celebrate the day. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Connecticut ARRA announces plan to plant Gardens in all Congressional Districts
 
Due to heavy snowfall, Gretchen Caulfield and the Connecticut ARRA chapter were forced to postpone their planned Garden plantings planned for National Rosie the Riveter Day on March 21st. 
 
However, they have already committed three of Connecticut's five Congressional Districts where they will be planting Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens in the coming months:
 
  • District 2  - At the WWII Civilian Aircraft Observation Post in Hebron, CT, which is the only-known Post to still be existence in the country out of 14,000 during WWII.
  • District 3 -  At the Connecticut Air & Space Center's historic 1928 Curtiss Hangar, Stratford, CT, at the Sikorsky Memorial Airport.  The Hangar was frequently visited by famous figures, including Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and Howard Hughes.)   During WWII, Corsair fighter planes produced acros the street at the Chance Vought factory flew out of the Hangar.  The Garden site will have lights on the roses at night.
  • District 4 -  Norwalk Historical Society Museum
  • Applications for Gardens in Districts 1 and 5 are pending approval.  
  • A Rosie Rose Garden is planned at Ernest Borgnine Park in Hamden, CT.  Hollywood icon and WWII, Borgnine was a Spirit of '45 Day "founding father" who had a deep appreciation and respect for the women who served with him in Navy as WAVES and the Rosies who worked on the Home Front during the war.
 
  • Discussions are underway for another Rosie the Riveter Rose Garden at Yale University.  More than 18,000 Yale alumni served in WWII, 514 of whom gave their lives.  

 
"We were very appreciative of all the committees involved that were able to expedite approvals for our March 21st deadline. We don't have a splashy photo-event to share - (yet), but we do have a great foundation for our Connecticut Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens!  (Here's a photo collage that we posted on our CT Chapter page in celebration of this accomplishment!)
 
Thank everyone for all of your support and assistance.  We're looking forward to announcing the remaining two locations in the upcoming weeks!
Gretchen Caulfield
CT chapter, American Rosie the Riveter Association
 
Florida kicks off campaign to plant Rosie roses in all of its counties 
 
 
  
 
 
Georgia assisted living community celebrates Rosie the Riveter Day 
 

"We celebrated our first Rosie the Riveter Day.  Brandt Ross did a special presentation about the “Women of Valor” before lunch and in the afternoon we enjoyed “The Reminiscents” and Rosie lookalikes performed best loved songs of the 1940's.  Thank you all for doing an outstanding job honoring our ladies and want Larry Robert, Veteran Chaplain from Vitas Healthcare, for providing the music and the two Rosie the Riveter rose bushes to honor our ladies."

Sue Hamilton, Healthy Lifestyles Director
Elmcroft Senior Living, Roswell, GA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vitas Healthcare plants Rosie Roses at Georgia Walk of Heroes
 
Rosie Jane Tucker and ARRA President Jean Ousley were guests of honor at National Rosie the Riveter Day ceremony held at the "Walk of Heroes" memorial in Conyers, GA.  The ceremony was organized by Larry Robert, M.Div., Bereavement Service Manager and Veterans Liaison, Vitas Healthcare, a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens Inaugural Community Partner.  Larry and his colleagues at Vitas have been strong supporters of Spirit of '45 initiatives over the past several years. 
 
   
  
 (C) Vitas Healthcare Veterans Liaison Larry Robert with Rosie Jane Tucker and ARRA President Jean Ousley.
 
 
 
American Rosie the Riveter Association in Indiana 
 
 
ARRA Rep Angie Tinman organized an event in Bedford, IN that to plant the first Rosie Rose Gardens in the state of Indiana.
 
 
 
  
 Angie Timan. Indiana State ARRA rep, helps original Rose plant Rosie the Riveter Rose in Bedford, IN
 
 
 
New Jersey Spirit of '45 warms up Rosie Memorial
 
Nav Singh of Avalon Bay Communities joined Spirit of '45 New Jersey State Rep Richard Eastman and a group of local volunteers who braved the elements to place roses at the snow covered Rosie the Riveter Memorial that stands in front of the former Curtiss-Wright airplane engine manufacturing plant in Wood-Ridge, NJ.   A planting of Rosie roses at the Wood-ridge Rosie Memorial is planned for later this spring.
 
  
 Volunteers place roses at the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Westmont Commons in Wood-Ridge NJ that was created by artist John Giannotti, www.GiannottiStudios.com
 
 
Pennsylvania's first Rosie Garden at Military Museum
 
Pennsylvania State Assemblyman Mark Gillen is creating a large Rosie Rose Garden at  the Berks Military History Museum that he founded in Mohnton, PA last year to honor his father, a WWII veteran. His mother was a Rosie and has been invited to be a special guest at a National Rosie the Riveter Day ceremony this week, and a Rosie rose planting next month.
 
 

 
 Sprit of '45 Day "co-founders" Jim Eaman and Jim Kronbach with Berks History Museum founder Mark Gillen and acclaimed artist Seward Johnson's sculpture of the iconic "Rosie pose." 
 
Two Rosies, 93 and 95, unveil Seward Johnson sculpture with Rosie lookalikes and Berks Military History Museum founder Mark Gillen at pre-planting ceremony on Saturday, March 24.  
 
 
 
Louisiana's first Rosie Garden planted at Chennault Aviation Museum
 
Rosiettes came out to help plant Louisiana's first Rosie roses at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum in Monroe, LA.  The Museum is the national center for preserving the legacy of General Claire Chennault and the legendary Flying Tigers, who flew planes built by Curtiss-Wright which employed thousands of Rosies during WWII.
 
  
 
 
 
Maryland's first Rosie roses planted by historic Washington College
 
The first Rosie the Riveter roses were planted in Maryland by students and faculty of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, MD.  The Center is launching a national campaign to collecting WWII Home Front oral histories from America's surviving Rosie the Riveters.
 
 
 
 
To submit the completed signup sheets, or for other questions, email  efugger2@washcoll.edu or story_quest@washcoll.edu. 
 
  
  
 
 
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Special Thanks to Dignity Memorial providers who are helping to support the Spirit of '45 Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens and the campaign to pass the Congressional Gold Medal Act
 
 
 
Families and friends honor the Rosies in their lives
 
Virtually anyone can participate in the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens campaign by planting Rosie roses in their communities and becoming part of the national registry.
 
 
Famiies are being encouraged to plant or place Rosie roses at the gravesites of the women who made history on the Home Front during WWII.  On the right, former Boeing employee Irene Hegg, with her husband Sterling who served in the Pacific during the war.
 
 
Linda Laurie, National Project Leader with Girl Scout and local Rosie.  Linda's own personal "Rosie Rose Garden" blooms at her home in Poway, CA. 
 
More to come...
 
Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden
Inaugural Community Partners
These organizations and individuals are helping making the vision of a national network of Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens a reality.
 
              

    

 
 
Don't see your organization's logo?
Send it to us and will add it to the team!!
 
 Special thanks to the USS Midway and Vitas Healthcare who provided seed (no pun!) funding to help get the campaign underway.
 
Please donate what you can to keep the momentum going!!  
All donations will be used to support campaign marketing, including social media, and are tax deductible 
 
 
 
 
 We Rosies made history.  
Now its the younger generation's turn to be 21st Century Rosies!