“Rosie Gardens in communities across our country will remind people what women achieved in the workplace during WWII and will help to inspire young women to be 21st century Rosie's' by preparing for high tech careers."                                                            - Linda Laurie, Project Leader  
 Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens 

Be part of a national campaign to build a living memorial to honor the women who made history on the Home Front during WWII that will kick off on National Rosie the Riveter Day, March 21, 2018

Find a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden near you -
or plant Rosie roses in your own community.

"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

Order your Official Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden plaque NOW! 
Call Kevin Wells at Carlson Sign 541-382-2182
Virtually everyone is familiar with the iconic image of "Rosie the Riveter" which is perhaps second in popularity only to the famous photo of the "Times Square Kiss" taken on August 14, 1945 -  the day America learnd World War II was over.  
However, despite the pivotal role that women played on the Home Front during World War II, there exists only a handful of physical memorials in America that remind the public their legacy.  
 Inscription at National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.
In an effort to help to ensure that the contributions of women on as "Rosies" - are fully acknowledged, members of the Spirit of '45 Day collaborative are leading a national campaign to create a "living" memorial in the form of a national network of Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens.
The first inaugural Gardens will be announced on National Rosie the Riveter Day on March 21, 2018.   Currently more than 36 Gardens in 15 states are currently under development, several of which will be hosting events in March.
To locate a Rosie Rose Garden near you,  click here.
These inaugural Gardens will form the initial "backbone" of an expanded national network of Gardens, with the goal of having at least one in each Congressional District in time for the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in 2020.  
A new official Rosie the Riveter rose is now available for planting this year. 
Each Garden in the network will display a plaque designating it as an official part of the national Memorial and added to national registry and locator map  and will be venues to celebrate of the legacy of the Rosie's on National Rosie the Riveter Day on March 21 and Spirit of '45 Day on the second weekend in August.  
The first Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden was planted on March 21, 2017, by the National Park Service and a group of original Rosies at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front Historical Park in Richmond, CA, on the inaugural National Rosie the Riveter Day.
"America's Longest Working Rosie",Elinor Otto, 98, was joined by U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal - one of the co-sponsors of the Rosie the Riveter Day - to plant the first community roses at the Rosie the Riveter Park in Long Beach, CA.
 Original Rosies plant the first Rosie the Riveter roses at the Visitors Center of the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front Historical Park on March 21, 2017.  Elinor Otto and Congressman Alan Rosenthal plant Rosie roses at the Rosie the Riveter Park in Long Beach, CA.
Candidate sites for future Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens include the National World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C., the East Coast World War II Memorial in Battery Park, New York, and the following state memorials:
Arizona World War II Memorial (Phoenix, AZ)
Florida State World War II Memorial (Tallahasee, FL)
National Cemetery of the Pacific (Honolulu, HI)
Idaho Veterans Memorial (Boise, ID)
Illinois State World War II Memorial (Springfield, IL)
Indiana State World War II Memorial (Indianapolis, IN)
Iowa World War II Freedom Memorial (Des Moines, IA)
Maine World War II Memorial (Bangor, ME)
Maryland World War II Memorial (Annapolis, MD)
Massachusetts World War II Memorials (Boston, MA)
Michigan World War II Memorial site (Royal Oak, MI)
New Jersey World War II Memorial (Trenton, NJ)
New York World War II Memorial (Albany, NY)
Rhode Island World War II Memorial (Providence, RI)
Memorial Park (Columbia, SD)
Texas State World War II Memorial (Austin, TX)
Washington State World War II Memorial (Olympia, WA)
Join the Campaign!
If you would like to help establish a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden in your community, or learn how you can participate in the campaign, please contact Linda Laurie at RosieGardens@Spiritof45.org.

Make a tax deductible donation to support the campaign!

Elinor Otto - "America's longest working Rosie" - helping lead campaign
America's longest working Rosie the Riveter is on a mission...
Elinor Otto was a 22-year old single mom when she began building bombers in 1942 as one of the first "Rosie the Riveters"  - women who took manufacturing jobs when America's men were called to service during WWII.

Seventy-five years later, at age 95, Ms. Otto put her rivet gun down for the last time when the Boeing plant in Long Beach where she had been building C-17 transport planes for nearly 50 years, was shut down. 

      Elinor as 22 year old Rosie.                                        Still riveting at age 95.                                       Accepting AFA lifetime achievement award 

At age 98, Elinor is now on a personal mission to create a national network of rose gardens that will be a living memorial to the achievements of her fellow Rosie’s and an inspiration to women of all ages.  

“I want to make sure that the contributions of the women who worked on the Home Front during WWII are remembered so that our example can educate and inspire future generations - especially young girls who can be the new Rosie's of the high tech workplace of the 21st century,” says Elinor.  
Elinor is mobilzing young girls and women in positions of leadership like District of Columbia. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton to participate in the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens campaign. 
 Vitas Healthcare leads the way!
Vitas Healthcare - the nation’s largest provider of end-of-life care - is helping raise the start up funding for the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens campaign. Vitas has been involved in every Spirit of ’45 initiative since 2011.

In 2017, Vitas Healthcare programs in several states became the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden's first inaugural community partners by donating $500 each year to underwrite initial startup costs, and will be presenting special certificates to senior living communities and others that participate in the campaign honoring the women who worked on the Home Front during WWII.

Vitas Healthcare is part of We Honor Veterans, a VA-palliative care industry collaborative that is promoting the campaign to its more than 5,000 members.



· Vitas Milpitas (Chaplin Franklin) - Rosie the Riveter Memorial Garden, History Park, San Jose, CA

· Vitas East Bay (Kimberly Carroll) – National Rosie the Riveter Memorial, Richmond, CA

· Vitas San Diego (Jan Voi) – Veterans Museum & Memorial, Balboa Park


· Vitas Lakeland (Stephen Morris) 

· Vitas Miami-Dade (Nancy Auster)

· Vitas Collier (Cindy McCue)


· Vitas Atlanta (Larry Robert)


· Vitas Cincinnati (Carole Quakenbush)


· Vitas Houston (Jasmine Blue)

* Rosie Rose planting locations to be announced on National Rosie the Riveter Day (March 21)

“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, Florida

“Vitas Healthcare of San Diego is proud to be an inaugural sponsor of the Rosie the Riveter Memorial. We are so privileged to be a part of this legacy”

Laury Searle-Bliss

Vitas Healthcare - San Diego, CA

                Become a Founding Community Partner!

Founding Community Partners will have the benefit of working directly with Spirit of ’45 on all aspects of the campaign, and will receive information and ideas for planning, planting and maintaining a successful Garden.

All Founding members will receive a free complimentary e-membership to the American Rose Society online newsletter filled with tips and news about maintaining your Garden. The Society is mobilzing its members throughout America to help support plantings in their respective communities.
Spirit of '45 will help introduce Founding Community Partners to other groups that are working together to make Elinor's vision of a national network of Rosie the Riveter roses a reality.
For example, the Air Force Association, which presented Elinor with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, is mobilizing its members, including its Arnold Air Society/Silver Wings leaderhip program for college students, to help support the campaign.
Spirit of ’45 will help also participating partners to engage the interest of their local Congressional representatives (several of whom co-sponsored National Rosie the Riveter Day).
Original Rosie and Spirit of '45 Day supporter Bertha Galvin announces campaign to plant Rosie Rose bushes in Massachusetts
Contact your local nursery and order your Rosie the Riveter roses NOW!
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For more information about the campaign, contact RosieGardens@Spiritof45.org
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