National Rosie the Riveter Day


WHEREAS, National Rosie the Riveter Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the 16 million working women during World War II; and

WHEREAS, Americans have chosen to honor female workers who contributed on the home front during World War II; and

WHEREAS, these women left their homes to work or volunteer full–time in factories, farms, shipyards, airplane factories, banks and other institutions in support of the military overseas; and

WHEREAS, these women worked with the USO or Red Cross, drove trucks, riveted airplane parts, collected critical materials, rolled bandages, and served on rationing boards; and

WHEREAS, it is important to recognize the contributions of the women who worked and volunteered during World War II in order to preserve their legacy and promote greater equality in the workplace; and

WHEREAS, these women and their descendants wish to further the spirit of patriotism and commitment to serving our country to future generations of Americans; and

WHEREAS, this year’s celebration is especially poignant because of the recent death of Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter model, Mary Doyle Keefe, on April 22, 2015, at the age of 92;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 23, 2015, as NATIONAL ROSIE THE RIVETER DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.