The Rosie the Riveter Movement
On May 14, a major event occurred at the same moment in many locations to show that people can – and will pull together to do work that should be done. Using Rosies as our model and with the help of Girl Scouts, 8 communities planted dogwood trees at precisely 1:00 PM in locations where living Rosie the Riveters can help.
- Buckhannon, WV at the Buckhannon-Upshire High School
- Brunswick, MD at the American Legion
- Camden, SC at Monument Square
- Grafton, WV at the home of Anna Jarvis (founder of Mother’s Day)
- Huntington, WV at the Huntington Gallery of Art
- Morgantown, WV at the WV Botanical Gardens
- Vienna, WV at City Park
- Winchester, KY at the Clark County Public Library
Other locations in the US and other nations want to take part in a similar event, where trees planted at the same moment across boundaries with the help of Rosies. We will orchestrate the next across-boundaries planting on Labor Day. Even though dogwood trees are hard to find then, we must move forward while Rosies are still living to help guide us to pull together.
On May 4 and May 5, the Embassy of the Netherlands invited “Thanks!” and Rosies to:
- Celebrate the release of a documentary film about a young Dutch man’s search for an American soldier who helped liberate the Netherlands. The “star”, Maarten Vossen, found the soldier’s family and home in Osage, WV, near Morgantown. Anna Hess, a Rosie, met Maarten there last year (see photo). She attended the showing on May 4th.
- Celebrate the gift of carillons given by the people of the Netherlands to the people of the Unites States to thank us for our help during WWII.