More than 70 years after showing their “we can do it” spirit, dozens of women who answered the call to join the workforce during World War II were celebrated with a special Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
Now in their 80s and 90s, these original Rosie the Riverters are finally being honored for their incredible contributions. Their vital role in the war effort had lasting impact, changed perceptions and opened up opportunities for future women in the workforce.
The trip to D.C., which was a first for most of the women, was sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund. Among the many activities, the Rosies visited the World War II Memorial and were treated to a special viewing of the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They also gathered to pay tribute at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, and were the guests of honor at a luncheon at the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill with select members of Congress.
“You incredible women are such an inspiration,” U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan told the women during the luncheon. “You opened the doors wider for (women),” said Dingell, who co-hosted the event with fellow Michigan U.S. Rep. Candice Miller.
We just love the reactions of the Rosie the Riveters in this video. Such a well-deserved tribute. They DID it!