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Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens
 
Congratulations to everyone who is making history by contributing to this living memorial to the women who worked on the Home Front during WWII
 
 
 Official Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden plaque.  Linda Laurie, National Project Coordinator
 
 
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.  
 
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.
 
 
 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 by planting 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 Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens campaign is helping 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.
 
 
 
Contact us for information on how you can plant a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden in your community.
 
Info@Spiritof45.org 
 
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Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens
Reports from the Home Front 
 
Here are some photos, video clips and comments folks are
sending in to us to document their events and activities.
Notices of new plantings and dedications will be
posted as they are received:  
 
ARRA team plants more Gardens in Connecticut
 
The Connecticut Corsair chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association extends its appreciation to the Norwalk Historical Society for their support in honoring the WWII Women on the Home Front with a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden that was planted near the gazebo in the Museum's lovely garden.
 
 
  
"We enjoyed working with the board, many of whom have Rosies in their families who worked during WWII and are members of ARRA."
Gretchen Caulfield
CT Chapter, ARRA
 
 
Gardens planted in the Arsenal of Democracy 
 
Angie Timan continues to keep expanding the national network of Rosie Rose Gardens with plantings in Michigan, home to America's Arsenal of Democracy during WWII. 
 
Morris Plains Borough School third grade students plant New Jersey's first Rosie the Riveter Rose Garden
 
  
 
May 17, 2018 was a very special day in Morris Plains, NJ as teacher Ginny Hussey and students from all three 3rd grade classes at Morris Plains Borough School and the Beautification Committee worked together to plant New Jersey's first “Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden." 
 
 
 
This collaboration received great support from everyone in the town, including the mayor and city council, the Home School Association, the police, the DPW, and Congressman Frelinghuysen, who sent Aura Dunn, his District Director to the event.  The mayor spoke and presented the students with flags. The Beautification Committee gave each child a poppy as they walked back to school after planting their Garden.
 
 
  
 
Local resident "Rosie" - Evelyn Carroll - was in attendance as her great grandson Teegan, who helped plant roses in her honor.  The students presented Mrs. Carroll with cards and a wreath full of paper roses that they made as a keepsake of the day.  
 
   
 
The day concluded with the students singing Mrs. Carroll and all of the people in attendance a song about Rosie the Riveter.  
 
 
 
 

Rosie, Rosie, the Riveter 

(To the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

 Rosie, Rosie, the Riveter

A famous symbol for women

Worked the Home Front during World War 2

Helping America win.  

 

Rosie, Rosie, the Riveter   

No job was too much to do

Factories, shipyards to name a few

Held the country together like glue.

 

Rosie, Rosie, the Riveter

We believe you’ve earned a reward

Tell the people in the U.S.A.

You deserve a Gold Medal Award!

 
 
 
 
To honor the WWII Gold Stars from her community, Ginny is organizing a group of middle school students who will carry large poster photos of six young men from Morris Plains who made the ultimate sacrifice in service during WWII and never returned home. Their photos will also be carried in the 10th annual Spirit of '45 Memorial Day March of Heroes in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C.
 
     
 
It is likely that these young local heroes said their last goodbyes to their families and friends at the Morris Plains train station where more than 70 years later children planted their Garden to keep their Spirit alive.
 
 
 
"We hope our Garden will inspire other schools to participate in this national program to educate our children about the values and achievements of America's 'greatest generation' so that they can continue to preserve their legacy of courage, shared sacrifice, 'can do' attitude, and service to community and country."
Ginny Hussey, 3rd Grade Teacher
Morris Plains Borough School 
 
Bob Hope Village resident Rosie plants Garden in Shalimar, FL on Military Spouse Appreciation Day
 

A crowd of about 30 people were on hand when the Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) celebrated Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 11, with a dedication ceremony for a National Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden at Bob Hope Village.  

 
The heart shaped garden features four pots of Rosie the Riveter Floribunda roses named to honor the hard-working women that kept American factories and shipyards productive during World War II. The blooms combine old-fashioned flower form with beautiful, vibrant coloring of orange-gold suffused with pink and accented by a golden reverse. The garden is a living tribute to military spouses and is sponsored by the Hurlburt Spouses' Club.
 
  
Left to right: Hang Owen, president of the Hurlburt Field Spouses’ Club; Joyce West, real life Rosie the Riveter and Bob Hope Village resident; and CMSgt Scott Delveau, USAF, Ret., AFEV Director of Development. 
 

Hang Owen, president of the Hurlburt Spouses’ Club said that military spouses have the same “we can do it” spirit of Rosie the Riveters.

 
“Military spouses are silent heroes,” Owen said. “When our military members go off to deployment, military spouses take care of the kids, the home, the PCS moves, and more. It’s because of Rosie the Riveters that we can do it.”
 

Joyce West, real life Rosie the Riveter and Bob Hope Village resident told the audience how she went to work during the WWII era as a pin setter at a bowling alley in her home town in Geauga County, Ohio. She said it was normally a man’s job, but because they were all at war, she took the job. West explained that many women who were “Rosie the Riveters” went on to become some of the first females to join the military. She herself joined the USAF where she met her husband.

 
 
Left to right: Hang Owen, president of the Hurlburt Field Spouses’ Club; Joyce West, real life Rosie the Riveter and Bob Hope Village resident; and AFEV Marketing Coordinator Annie Farrell, Hurlburt Field Spouses’ Club member. 


 
 
 
Rosies of Rome, GA get their Memorial Garden 
 

On May 10, the City of Rome recognized six local women during special living memorial rose bush planting ceremonies in front of the Museum of Flight at Richard B. Russell Airport.

 Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful Director Mary Hardin Thornton said plans are to add to the garden annually.
  
 

Nellie Woodall helped build B-29 aircraft; Jane Tucker helped weld warships; Jane McJunkin worked in an airplane factory in California; Louvinia Jordan was a code breaker in Virginia; Betty Ann Ware Harris said she rolled bandages for the Red Cross and Joy Mitchell worked at the old Battey General Hospital tending to soldiers injured during the war. 

Click here to see photos of these Rosies in action! 
 
 
Air Force Association and Girl Scouts dedicate Rosie Garden in Callaway, FL on Patriots Day
 
The Tyndall Air Force Association teamed up with the Girl Scouts of Callaway, FL to plant a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden during a well attended public ceremony on May 1st, Patriots Day.  
 
  
 
The program included a color guard comprised of representatives of all military service branches, follwed by an invocation by VFW chaplain and Tyndall AFA president Ed Hood, who organized the event, and remarks by Craig Deatheridge on behalf of Florida's 2nd District Congressional Representative Dr. Neal Dunn and Carol Ann Whitehurst, Master Gardner President, Bay County, of the University of Florida.
 
    
 
 
 
Callaway Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden Event 
 
 
Following their remarks, local Girl Scouts sang the Rosie Anthem "Yes, We CAN!" and joined Ms Whitehurst in planted the final Rosie Roses, after which they cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially mark the dedication of their new community Garden and tied "Rosie Ribbons" to the official registry plaque.
 
 
  
 
  
Special guests included AFA Vice Chairman Mac MacAloon, Spirit of '45 national coordinator Warren Hegg and Mayor Pamm Henderson, a 24- year resident of Callaway and a former Girl Scout, who will be honoring the Spirit of '45 group at an upcoming meeting of the Callaway City Council.
 
Also attending were representatives from the community partners Tyndall Federal Credit Union and Flyby Coffee who helped sponsor the event. 
 
"We hope that the Callaway Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden will be a model for other AFA chapters and Girl Scout troops around the country so we can reach the national campaign goal of having a Rosie roses planted in every Congressional District in time for the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in 2020."  
Ed Hood
President, Tyndall Air Force Association
 
  
 
 
 
 
Rosie the Riveter Rose Garden planted at Miami VA Medical Center
 
Inaugural Community Partner Vitas Healthcare planted the VA's first Rosie the Riveter Rose Garden during a public ceremony held at the Miami VA Medical Center in April. The public dedication ceremony was organized by Vitas' Nancy Auster with the help of VA staffers, and included singing the National Anthem and "God Bless America," and commentary about the Rosies and their legacy, concluding with a chaplain's prayer in memory of the Rosies who have passed on into history.
 
 
 Vitas Healthcare Veterans Liaison Nancy Auster with VA staffers who helped plant the first Rosie Roses at a VA facility.  Two Rosies were honored at a public dedication ceremony at the Miami VA Medical Center.
 

“It’s one of the highest honors to be an inaugural sponsor of the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens. These women are finally being honored in a really beautiful and appropriate way. I’m hoping to have Rosie the Riveter Gardens in every corner of Miami!  I’m proud of my company for making this pledge without hesitation!”

 

Nancy Auster, RN, E-5, USAF Veteran

Community Liaison for Veterans

Vitas Healthcare - Miami Dade-Monroe County, FL
 
 
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! 
 
Special thanks to the American Rosie the Riveter Association for their outstanding leadership over the past 20 years!
 
 
 
Rosie Garden planted in Coronado Historical Accoc.
 
The Coronado Historical Association (CHA), representatives from the Spirit of '45 organization, Coronado Girl Scouts, women veterans and invited guests enjoyed a ceremonial unveiling of Coronado's very own Rosie the Riveter Rose Garden, April 22, in front of the John D. Spreckels Center.
 
 
“So honored to be able to dedicate this garden to the City of Coronado… we are recognizing a moment in our history when women needed to step up for our country and did so without hesitation, and now as the father of four girls it’s incredible for me to see this, carrying this legacy forward and connecting with the new generation.” 
 
Robin MacCartee
Executive Director
Coronado Historical Association 
 
 
 
 "21st Century Rosies,"  Ribbon Cutting in front of the John D. Spreckels Center, Coranado Rosie the Riveter Memorial Roses.  AS2 Mackenzie Showalter talks with next generation of women who will be making history. All photos courtesy of The Coranado Times.
 
 
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.
 
   
National Rosie the Riveter Day "co-founder" Mae Krier with Arizona Senator John McCain, March 21, 2017.  Mrs. Barbara Meegan (Retired Navy Chief), with her daughter, Anne-Marie and Rosie Fran Ellis plants Arizona's first Rosie roses in front of the Sun Bowl. 
 
 
 
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.
 
              

    

 
 
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 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!
 
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.
 
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.