91-500x281.jpg
 
 
 
 
 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 

 
 
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
 
In an effort to help to ensure that the contributions of women who worked on the Home Front during WWII -  known collectively as "Rosie the Riveter" - are fully acknowledged, members of the Spirit of '45 Day collaborative are leading a national grassroots campaign to create a "living" memorial in the form of a network of Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens. 
 
The goals of the campaign are: 
  • Preserve the legacy of the "Rosies" so that it will continue to inspire future generations of young women and girls
  • Ensure passage of the Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal legislation now pending in the U.S. Senate (S.2500) and House of Representatives (H.R.4912) 
  • Locate surviving Rosies so they can be acknowledged by their communities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A new official Rosie the Riveter rose was introduced in 2018 by Weeks Roses and was planted by the National Park Service at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front Historical Park in Richmond, CA on National Rosie the Riveter Day on March 21, 2017.
 
 
Rosie the Riveter Memorial Roses are now being planted in Gardens throughout America.  Each participating Garden displays an official Memorial sign and will be listed on a national registry and locator map.
 
 
 
Events and activities are planned each year on National Rosie the Riveter Day (March 21st) and Spirit of '45 Day (second weekend in August) to promote public awareness about the Gardens and their mission.
 
 
21st Century "Rosiettes" in action in San Diego.  Intergenerational Rosie Rally in August 
 
 
PLEASE DONATE NOW
 
Make a tax deductible donation today so we can
keep this important grassroots project growing!
 
 
 
 
"America's Longest Working Rosie," Elinor Otto, 98, is the Honorary Chairwoman for the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens campaign. Elinor planted the first community Garden at the Rosie the Riveter Park in Long Beach, CA with Congressman Allan Lowenthal.
  
 
    
 National Park Service plants first Rosie Rose at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front Historical Park in Richmond, CA.  Elinor Otto and Congressman Alan Lowenthal plant first Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden in Long Beach, CA where Elinor built C-17's for nearly 50 years.
 
Basic Steps for creating your Rosie Garden 
 
Here are some basic steps for creating a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden in your community that can be part of the national network.
 
If you would like to plant a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden in your community, please contact Linda Laurie at RosieGardens@Spiritof45.org. 
 
Rosie Gardens in the News
Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens attract a lot of media attention, which helps broaden and deepen public awareness of their mission.  Here are some examples of recent press coverage. 

Rosie Garden Locations
 
Here is the first generation of Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens planted in the first year of the campaign, with contact information.  A locator map and registry will soon be available to participating organizations. 
 
Candidate sites for future Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens include the National World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C. 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)
 
 
 
 
  
 
A growing number of organizations and individuals are coming together to create this "living memorial" and to help ensure that it will continue to grow over the coming years.
 
If you or your organization would like to join the network by sponsoring a Garden in your community, please contact Linda Laurie at RosieGardens@Spiritof45.org  
 
 "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, 2020, 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
 
 
 
Become a Founding Community Partner            

Founding Community Partners work directly with the Spirit of ’45 coalition to guide the direction of the national campaign, and share information and best practices ideas for planning, planting and maintaining a Garden that can help expand the network to as many communities as possible.

 
To learn more about how to become a Founding Community Partner, contact Linda Laurie at RosieGardens@Spiritof45.org