Honored and supported by all seven Oregon Congressional delegates, 'Rosie the Riveter' Rose dedications will take place March 21 at 8 locations in Oregon.
75 years ago, our nation was at war. As hundreds of thousands of men across our nation answered the call to serve and protect our freedoms, hundreds of thousands of women on the home front volunteered to support them in our factories, building ships, planes and armament, to support them. They become known as "Rosie the Riveters" and we are here today to honor those amazing women.
In 2010, Congress passed a resolution establishing the second Sunday of August as "Spirit of '45 Day" to honor all those who served in WWII both those who defended our freedoms on the battle field and also honor those who were there on the home front, to support our troops on the front lines.
This year 2018, Congress passed a resolution establishing March 21, 'Rosie the Riveter' Day as part of Women History Month. Over 50 dedications and plantings are occurring in 21 states including Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Texas and the District of Columbia.
Oregon is a model in the country with 12 sites with at least one in each of our state's congressional districts. These gardens are part of a National effort to create a network of "Living Memorial" rose garden across America. Working with WEEKS ROSES, the National Spirit of '45 Organization was delighted to announce this unique rose this past January and Congress was equally pleased to swift to endorse March 21 as 'Rosie the Riveter Day.'
These gardens in full bloom this spring, summer and fall seasons will help us to remember, honor and always be inspired by their example of courage, shared-sacrifice, 'can-do' attitude, spirit, unity and service.