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National Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Richmond, CA where the first Rosie roses were planted at the Memorial by the National Park Service on the first National Rosie the Riveter Day, March 21, 2017.
 
Rosie the Riveter
Memorial Rose Gardens
Locations
* Indicates states with Gardens planted in all Congressional Districts
Locations in red indicate pledged or planned Gardens  
 
 
Alabama
 
ARRA Contacts: Mabel Myrick (Rosie), Corresponding Secretary, 205-647-9233, Nell Branum, Recording Secretary 205-706-3447, Jonnie Clasen, Phoenix City 706-689-0153, and Dr. Fran Carter (Rosie), Founder, 205-822-4106  

ARRA Founder plants first Rosie Roses in Alabama
 
Dr. Fran Carter planted Rosie roses at her residence at the Brookdale University Park residence in Birmingham, AL. Fran and her husband, John, founded the American Rosie the Riveter Association - the nation's largest organization for the preservation of the legacy of the women who made history on the Home Front during WWII. 
 
 
Fran Carter has been rallying Rosies and helping collect and share their stories for two decades.
Fran's daughter, "Rosebud" Nell Branum, leads the National Rosie the Riveter Day ceremony at her mother's residence.
 
Rosie the Riveter Roses planted at Alabama National Cemetery
 
"Thanks to everyone who came out to the Alabama National Cemetery to honor Rosie the Riveters at our Memorial Rose Garden Dedication on April 11. We were honored by the presence of Mrs. Fran Carter, founder of the national Rosie the Riveter's Association. We look forward to watching these special roses bloom in the future as a constant reminder of their "can do" spirit and important role played by our Rosies in the war effort."
Support Committee for Alabama National Cemetery
 
More photos here
 
Rosie Rose bushes and official Memorial Garden plaque were generously donated by the Birmingham Chapter of Gold Star Mothers, and the stand for the Plaque was built with weatherproof materials by an ALNC Maintenance employee.
 
Highlights of the ALNC program (click here for a PDF of the program):
  • The Patriot Guard Riders & American Legion Riders entered on their bikes and established a Flag Line.
  • Bagpiper Kathleen Ryan played WWII songs.
  • ALNC Support Committee Officer and Gold Star Mother, Adrienne Bourland, who son is interred at the Cemetery, was the M/C for the program.
  • SC Chaplain and Air Force veteran Ed Burdett led the group in Prayer.
  • The National Anthem was performd by Charity Bowden, Ms. Shelby County 2018 and recording artist and contestant on The Voice.
  • John Little, who served in the Army in Italy during the war, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Gene Ramsay of Bugles Across America, played the WWII popular song "White Cliffs of Dover."
  • Eldon Woodie, Director of ALNC joined special guest ARRA Founder Fran Carter and the other Rosies for a Ribbon Cutting ceremony.
  • The Daughters of the American Revolution provided the Ribbon and Rosie Roses for each of the Rosies present.
  • Kathleen Ryan ended the program with a performance of "Going Home"
Special thanks to Pam Nichols, newly elected Chairwoman of the Support Committee for the Alabama National Cemetery


Alaska
No Gardens currently planned 
 
 
 
Arizona
ARRA Contact:  Fran Ellis (Rosie) 623-876-8714 and Linda Lundberg, Sun City, 970-227-2466 
  • Arizona WWII Memorial (Wesley Bolin Park), 1616 Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85007 (planting pending)
Arizona's first Rosie roses planted at Sun Bowl by ARRA
 
Linda Lundberg and her colleagues of the largest ARRA chapter planted their first Rosie roses in Arizona in front of the Sun Bowl in Sun City.
 
National Rosie the Riveter Day "co-founder" Mae Krier with the late Senator John McCain, March 21, 2017. Mrs. Barbara Meegan (Retired Navy Chief), with her daughter, Anne-Marie and Rosie Fran Ellis plants Arizona's first Rosie roses in front of the Sun Bowl.
 

 Arkansas
  • B-17 Memorial Park, 1836 Grant St. Sheridan, AR 72150 (planting pending with American Legion Auxiliary)
  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (original Norman Rockwell "Rosie" painting), 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR 72712 (planting pending discussions with Museum founder/director Alice Walton)
 
California
ARRA Contacts:  Karen Carter, Northern California, 408-595-3333 
Laura Cisneros, Southern California (619) 577-9417
 
  • Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064 (planted by Linda Laurie, Spirit of '45)
 
Rosie Garden planted by Coronado Historical Association
 
The Coronado Historical Association (CHA), representatives from the Spirit of '45 organization, Coronado Girl Scouts, women veterans and invited guests enjoyed a ceremonial unveiling of Coronado's very own Rosie the Riveter Rose Garden, April 22, in front of the John D. Spreckels Center.
 
 
“So honored to be able to dedicate this garden to the City of Coronado… we are recognizing a moment in our history when women needed to step up for our country and did so without hesitation, and now as the father of four girls it’s incredible for me to see this, carrying this legacy forward and connecting with the new generation.”
Robin MacCartee
Executive Director
Coronado Historical Association
 
"21st Century Rosies," Ribbon Cutting in front of the John D. Spreckels Center, Coranado Rosie the Riveter Memorial Roses. AS2 Mackenzie Showalter talks with next generation of women who will be making history. All photos courtesy of The Coranado Times.
 
San Diego Veterans Museum plants Rosie Rose Garden in historic Balboa Park
 
The Veterans Museum and Memorial in San Diego's historic Balboa Park held a public ceremony to officially dedicate its Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Rosie Remembrance ceremony which invited attendees to place roses in a wreath to honor the women who made history on the Home Front during WWII.
 
The event was attended by original Rosies and their families, young girls dressed up as Rosie lookalikes (aka "Rosiettes"), and WWII veterans. The Garden will be in full bloom in August when the Museum hosts its annual Spirit of '45 Day.
 
 
Special guests included Spirit of '45 Day "founding father" Pearl Harbor Survivor Stu Hedley who rode on the Spirit of '45 float in the 2017 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC with Rosies Elinor Otto, Mae Krier and Phyllis Gould.
 
Spirit of '45 Day "Founding Father," Pearl Harbor Survivor Stu Hedley with his next Great Generation
 
 
Watch the Video (You'll love the kids!)
 
Click here for more photos
(Courtesy Bazzy Barron, Wave Our Flag)
 
Silicon Valley Rosie Garden planted at History Park
 
A beautiful Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden is being planted in the 14-acre History Park in San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, where there is growing concern over gender issues in the tech industry.
 
One of the goals of the Rosie Gardens campaign is to help inspire young women to be 21st Century Rosies by preparing themselves to compete successfully for jobs and careers in the high technology economy of the future.
 
Robert Corpus, Spirit of '45 Day "co-founder" with History San Jose president Alida Bray and Rosie lookalikes
 
National Park Service honors Rosies, expands first Rose Garden
 
The National Park Service at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park and Rosie the Riveter Trust held a media event and photo opportunity on Wednesday, March 21 to mark the 2018 National Rosie the Riveter Day.
 
 
WWII Rosie's were in attendance, as well as congressional representatives and Richmond Mayor Tom Butt. NPS Chief of Interpretation Kelli English and Trust Executive Director Marsha Mather-Thrift spoke of the importance of the contribution of Rosies during WWII.
 
The original WWII Rosies - now in their 90s - who now serve as national park docents to help educate the public about their efforts and the war - gathered with other local Rosies at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center in Richmond, Calif., to celebrate the day.
 
 
 
Elinor Otto dedicates Garden at historic March Field Air Museum
 
Campaign honorary chairwoman Elinor Otto concluded her 2018 Memorial Day whistlestop tour with a visit to the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, CA, to dedicate its Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden that has been planted in the museum's outdoor Heritage Courtyard.
 
Spirit of '45 transported accalimed artist Seward Johnson's sculpture of the icon "Rosie Pose" to the Museum for the June 9th ceremony, where it will remain through the summer.
 
The event was organized by the museum director Paul Hammond, and featured remarks by Elinor, Spirit of '45 National Supervisor Warren Hegg and Tyler Worley, representing the Air Force Association and its the Arnold Air Society/Silver Wings collegiate service organization. Paul led a Q&A session with Elinor after the ceremony.
 
 
Museum Director Paul Hammond with Rosie re-enactor, Elinor, and Tyler Worley, representing the Air Force Association and the Arnold Air Society/Silver Wings
 
 

 
Colorado
ARRA Contact: Jo Ann Fisher 303-668-8568 
  • United States Air Force Academy,  2304 Cadet Drive,  Colorado Springs, CO 80840

*Connecticut
ARRA Contact:  Gretchen Caulfield, Stratford Corsair CT Chapter, 203-222-8443
 

Connecticut ARRA plants Gardens in all Congressional Districts
Due to heavy snowfall, Gretchen Caulfield and the Connecticut ARRA chapter were forced to postpone their planned Garden plantings planned for National Rosie the Riveter Day on March 21, 2018.
 
However, they committed three of Connecticut's five Congressional Districts where they will be planting Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens in the coming months:
  • District 1 - Connecticut Veterans Memorial, West Hartford, CT
  • District 2 - At the WWII Civilian Aircraft Observation Post in Hebron, CT, which is the only-known Post to still be existence in the country out of 14,000 during WWII.
  • District 3 - At the Connecticut Air & Space Center's historic 1928 Curtiss Hangar, Stratford, CT, at the Sikorsky Memorial Airport. The Hangar was frequently visited by famous figures, including Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and Howard Hughes.) During WWII, Corsair fighter planes produced acros the street at the Chance Vought factory flew out of the Hangar. The Garden site will have lights on the roses at night.
  • District 4 - Norwalk Historical Society Museum
  • A Rosie Rose Garden is planned at Ernest Borgnine Park in Hamden, CT. Hollywood icon and WWII, Borgnine was a Spirit of '45 Day "founding father" who had a deep appreciation and respect for the women who served with him in Navy as WAVES and the Rosies who worked on the Home Front during the war.

  • Discussions are underway for another Rosie the Riveter Rose Garden at Yale University. More than 18,000 Yale alumni served in WWII, 514 of whom gave their lives.

"We were very appreciative of all the committees involved that were able to expedite approvals for our March 21st deadline. We don't have a splashy photo-event to share - (yet), but we do have a great foundation for our Connecticut Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens! (Here's a photo collage that we posted on our CT Chapter page in celebration of this accomplishment!)
Thank everyone for all of your support and assistance. We're looking forward to announcing the remaining two locations in the upcoming weeks!
Gretchen Caulfield
CT chapter, American Rosie the Riveter Association
 
 
ARRA team plants more Gardens in Connecticut
 
The Connecticut Corsair chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association extends its appreciation to the Norwalk Historical Society for their support in honoring the WWII Women on the Home Front with a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden that was planted near the gazebo in the Museum's lovely garden.
 
 
"We enjoyed working with the board, many of whom have Rosies in their families who worked during WWII and are members of ARRA."
Gretchen Caulfield
CT Chapter, ARRA
 

Delaware
No Gardens currently planned. 
 

Florida
ARRA Contact:  Dr. Lois Bolin 239-777-2281 
  • Veterans Park, 5916 Cherry Street, Callaway, FL (planted by Air Force Association, Tyndall Air Force Base Chapter)
  • Bob Hope Village, 92 Sunset Lane, Shalimar, FL (planted by Air Force Enlisted Village)

Florida kicks off campaign to plant Rosie roses in all of its counties
 
 
 
Air Force Association and Girl Scouts dedicate Rosie Garden in Callaway, FL on Patriots Day
 
The Tyndall Air Force Association teamed up with the Girl Scouts of Callaway, FL to plant a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden during a well attended public ceremony on May 1st, Patriots Day.
 
 
The program included a color guard comprised of representatives of all military service branches, follwed by an invocation by VFW chaplain and Tyndall AFA president Ed Hood, who organized the event, and remarks by Craig Deatheridge on behalf of Florida's 2nd District Congressional Representative Dr. Neal Dunn and Carol Ann Whitehurst, Master Gardner President, Bay County, of the University of Florida.
 
 
Callaway Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden Event
 
Following their remarks, local Girl Scouts sang the Rosie Anthem "Yes, We CAN!" and joined Ms Whitehurst in planted the final Rosie Roses, after which they cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially mark the dedication of their new community Garden and tied "Rosie Ribbons" to the official registry sign.
 
 
 
Special guests included AFA Vice Chairman Mac MacAloon, Spirit of '45 national coordinator Warren Hegg and Mayor Pamm Henderson, a 24- year resident of Callaway and a former Girl Scout, who will be honoring the Spirit of '45 group at an upcoming meeting of the Callaway City Council.
 
Also attending were representatives from the community partners Tyndall Federal Credit Union and Flyby Coffee who helped sponsor the event.
 
"We hope that the Callaway Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden will be a model for other AFA chapters and Girl Scout troops around the country so we can reach the national campaign goal of having a Rosie roses planted in every Congressional District in time for the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in 2020."
Ed Hood
President, Tyndall Air Force Association
 
 
Rosie the Riveter Rose Garden planted at Miami VA Medical Center
 
Inaugural Community Partner Vitas Healthcare planted the VA's first Rosie the Riveter Rose Garden during a public ceremony held at the Miami VA Medical Center in April. The public dedication ceremony was organized by Vitas' Nancy Auster with the help of VA staffers, and included singing the National Anthem and "God Bless America," and commentary about the Rosies and their legacy, concluding with a chaplain's prayer in memory of the Rosies who have passed on into history.
 
Vitas Healthcare Veterans Liaison Nancy Auster with VA staffers who helped plant the first Rosie Roses at a VA facility. Two Rosies were honored at a public dedication ceremony at the Miami VA Medical Center.
 

“It’s one of the highest honors to be an inaugural sponsor of the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens. These women are finally being honored in a really beautiful and appropriate way. I’m hoping to have Rosie the Riveter Gardens in every corner of Miami! I’m proud of my company for making this pledge without hesitation!”

Nancy Auster, RN, E-5, USAF Veteran

Community Liaison for Veterans

Vitas Healthcare - Miami Dade-Monroe County, FL
 
 
Bob Hope Village residents Rosie plants Garden in Shalimar, FL on Military Spouse Appreciation Day
 

A crowd of about 30 people were on hand when the Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) celebrated Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 11, with a dedication ceremony for a National Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden at Bob Hope Village.

 
The heart shaped garden features four pots of Rosie the Riveter Floribunda roses named to honor the hard-working women that kept American factories and shipyards productive during World War II. The blooms combine old-fashioned flower form with beautiful, vibrant coloring of orange-gold suffused with pink and accented by a golden reverse. The garden is a living tribute to military spouses and is sponsored by the Hurlburt Spouses' Club.
 
Left to right: Hang Owen, president of the Hurlburt Field Spouses’ Club; Joyce West, real life Rosie the Riveter and Bob Hope Village resident; and CMSgt Scott Delveau, USAF, Ret., AFEV Director of Development.
 

Hang Owen, president of the Hurlburt Spouses’ Club said that military spouses have the same “we can do it” spirit of Rosie the Riveters.

 
“Military spouses are silent heroes,” Owen said. “When our military members go off to deployment, military spouses take care of the kids, the home, the PCS moves, and more. It’s because of Rosie the Riveters that we can do it.”
 

Joyce West, real life Rosie the Riveter and Bob Hope Village resident told the audience how she went to work during the WWII era as a pin setter at a bowling alley in her home town in Geauga County, Ohio. She said it was normally a man’s job, but because they were all at war, she took the job. West explained that many women who were “Rosie the Riveters” went on to become some of the first females to join the military. She herself joined the USAF where she met her husband.

 
Left to right: Hang Owen, president of the Hurlburt Field Spouses’ Club; Joyce West, real life Rosie the Riveter and Bob Hope Village resident; and AFEV Marketing Coordinator Annie Farrell, Hurlburt Field Spouses’ Club member.


 
Georgia
ARRA Contact:  Jonnie Clasen 706-689-0153, Jane Tucker 706-291-2286 
and Jean Ousley, Past Presiden770-972-8339
 

Georgia assisted living community celebrates Rosie the Riveter Day
 

"We celebrated our first Rosie the Riveter Day. Brandt Ross did a special presentation about the “Women of Valor” before lunch and in the afternoon we enjoyed “The Reminiscents” and Rosie lookalikes performed best loved songs of the 1940's. Thank you all for doing an outstanding job honoring our ladies and want Larry Robert, Veteran Chaplain from Vitas Healthcare, for providing the music and the two Rosie the Riveter rose bushes to honor our ladies."

Sue Hamilton, Healthy Lifestyles Director
Elmcroft Senior Living, Roswell, GA
 
 
Vitas Healthcare plants Rosie Roses at Georgia Walk of Heroes
 
Rosie Jane Tucker and ARRA President Jean Ousley were guests of honor at National Rosie the Riveter Day ceremony held at the "Walk of Heroes" memorial in Conyers, GA.
 
The ceremony was organized by Larry Robert, M.Div., Bereavement Service Manager and Veterans Liaison, Vitas Healthcare, a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens Inaugural Community Partner. Larry and his colleagues at Vitas have been strong supporters of Spirit of '45 initiatives over the past several years.
 
(C) Vitas Healthcare Veterans Liaison Larry Robert with Rosie Jane Tucker and ARRA President Jean Ousley.
 
Rosies of Rome, GA get their Memorial Garden
 

On May 10, the City of Rome recognized six local women during special living memorial rose bush planting ceremonies in front of the Museum of Flight at Richard B. Russell Airport.

Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful Director Mary Hardin Thornton said plans are to add to the garden annually.
 

Nellie Woodall helped build B-29 aircraft; Jane Tucker helped weld warships; Jane McJunkin worked in an airplane factory in California; Louvinia Jordan was a code breaker in Virginia; Betty Ann Ware Harris said she rolled bandages for the Red Cross and Joy Mitchell worked at the old Battey General Hospital tending to soldiers injured during the war.

Click here to see photos of these Rosies in action!

Hawaii
No Gardens currently planned.
 
Idaho
 
Families and friends honor the Rosies in their lives
 
Virtually anyone can participate in the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens campaign by planting Rosie roses in their communities and becoming part of the national registry.
 
Famiies are being encouraged to plant or place Rosie roses at the gravesites of the women who made history on the Home Front during WWII. On the right, former Boeing employee Irene Hegg, with her husband Sterling who served in the Pacific during the war.
 
 
Illinois
No Gardens currently planned.  

Indiana
 ARRA Contact:  Angie Timan, Lawrence County Indiana Chapter,  812-797-6000
 
American Rosie the Riveter Association in Indiana
 
ARRA Rep Angie Tinman organized an event in Bedford, IN that to plant the first Rosie Rose Gardens in the state of Indiana.
 
 
Angie Timan. Indiana State ARRA rep, helps original Rose plant Rosie the Riveter Rose in Bedford, IN
 
Iowa
ARRA Contact:  Louise Unkrich 319-750-5176
 

Kansas
No Gardens currently planned.  
 
Kentucky
No Gardens currently planned.
 
Louisiana
  
Louisiana's first Rosie Garden planted at Chennault Aviation Museum
 
"Rosiettes" came out to help plant Louisiana's first Rosie roses at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum in Monroe, LA. The Museum is the national center for preserving the legacy of General Claire Chennault and the legendary Flying Tigers, who flew planes built by Curtiss-Wright which employed thousands of Rosies during WWII.
 
 
Maine
No Gardens currently planned.  
 
 
 
Maryland
ARRA Contacts:  Ann Marie Miller, Vice President, Expansion, 301-498-3397 and Debi Wynn, Outreach Coordinator, 410-583-0270  
Maryland's first Rosie roses planted by historic Washington College
 
The first Rosie the Riveter roses were planted in Maryland by students and faculty of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. The Center is launching a national campaign to collecting WWII Home Front oral histories from America's surviving Rosie the Riveters.
 
 
 
To submit the completed signup sheets, or for other questions, email efugger2@washcoll.edu or story_quest@washcoll.edu.
 


Massachusetts
ARRA Contact:  Bertha Glavin (Rosie) 617-328-1151
 
 
Original Rosie and Spirit of '45 Day supporter Bertha Galvin announces campaign to plant Rosie Rose bushes in Massachusetts
 
 
 

Michigan
ARRA Contacts:  Donnaleen Lanktree, President, 248-917-1227 
Nancy J. Zajac  734-358-4705
 
Gardens planted in Arsenal of Democracy in Michigan
 
Angie Timan continues to keep expanding the national network of Rosie Rose Gardens with plantings in Michigan, home to America's Arsenal of Democracy during WWII.
 

Minnesota
ARRA Contact:  Helen Sullinger  651-387-6395
No Gardens currently planned.  
 
 
Mississippi
No Gardens currently planned.  
 
Missouri
ARRA Contact: Jody Valet, Treasurer,  816-680-0018
No Gardens currently planned.  
 
 
Nebraska
No Gardens currently planned.  
 
Nevada
 ARRA Contact:  Linda Weyl  702-637-8539
No Gardens currently planned.
 
New Hampshire
No Gardens currently planned.  

New Jersey
  • Morris Plains, NJ (planted by Ginny Hussey and 3rd grade students from Borough School, and Morris Plains Beautification Committee)
Morris Plains Borough School third grade students plant New Jersey's first Rosie the Riveter Rose Garden
 
 
May 17, 2018 was a very special day in Morris Plains, NJ as teacher Ginny Hussey and students from all three 3rd grade classes at Morris Plains Borough School and the Beautification Committee worked together to plant New Jersey's first “Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden."
 
 
This collaboration received great support from everyone in the town, including the mayor and city council, the Home School Association, the police, the DPW, and Congressman Frelinghuysen, who sent Aura Dunn, his District Director to the event. The mayor spoke and presented the students with flags. The Beautification Committee gave each child a poppy as they walked back to school after planting their Garden.
 
 
Local resident "Rosie" - Evelyn Carroll - was in attendance as her great grandson Teegan, who helped plant roses in her honor. The students presented Mrs. Carroll with cards and a wreath full of paper roses that they made as a keepsake of the day.
 
 
The day concluded with the students singing Mrs. Carroll and all of the people in attendance a song about Rosie the Riveter.
 

 
Rosie, Rosie, the Riveter

(To the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Rosie, Rosie, the Riveter

A famous symbol for women

Worked the Home Front during World War 2

Helping America win.

Rosie, Rosie, the Riveter

No job was too much to do

Factories, shipyards to name a few

Held the country together like glue.

Rosie, Rosie, the Riveter

We believe you’ve earned a reward

Tell the people in the U.S.A.

You deserve a Gold Medal Award!

 
To honor the WWII Gold Stars from her community, Ginny is organizing a group of middle school students who will carry large poster photos of six young men from Morris Plains who made the ultimate sacrifice in service during WWII and never returned home. Their photos will also be carried in the 10th annual Spirit of '45 Memorial Day March of Heroes in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C.
 
It is likely that these young local heroes said their last goodbyes to their families and friends at the Morris Plains train station where more than 70 years later children planted their Garden to keep their Spirit alive.
 
"We hope our Garden will inspire other schools to participate in this national program to educate our children about the values and achievements of America's 'greatest generation' so that they can continue to preserve their legacy of courage, shared sacrifice, 'can do' attitude, and service to community and country."
Ginny Hussey, 3rd Grade Teacher 
Morris Plains Borough School
 
New Jersey Spirit of '45 warms up Rosie Memorial
 
Nav Singh of Avalon Bay Communities joined Spirit of '45 New Jersey State Rep Richard Eastman and a group of local volunteers who braved the elements to place roses at the snow covered Rosie the Riveter Memorial that stands in front of the former Curtiss-Wright airplane engine manufacturing plant in Wood-Ridge, NJ. A planting of Rosie roses at the Wood-ridge Rosie Memorial is planned for later this spring.
 
Volunteers place roses at the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Westmont Commons in Wood-Ridge NJ that was created by artist John Giannotti, www.GiannottiStudios.com


New Mexico
No Gardens currently planned.
 

New York
Rosie Garden dedication in New York City's Battery Park
 
Elinor capped her East Coast week of "whistle stops" by joining Girl Scouts who dedicated New York's first Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden at the WWII Memorial in Battery Park.
 
The program was organized by Battery Park City Girl Scout Troop #3302 Leader Linda Lecomte and attended by dozens of New York Girl Scouts, and included special guests, including Warrie Price, President and Founder of The Battery Conservancy, Terri Ruyter and Alexis Querques, Principal of The Battery Park City School PS/IS 276, and a local Rosie who worked as a welder during WWII.
 
Elinor spoke briefly to the group before helping lay a wreath in honor of the men who died in the defense of America during WWII whose names are engraved on the large oblisks of the Memorial, which looks out on the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
 
The event highlighted the theme of "Rosies Roses = STEMS" with a presentastion and information table encouraging Girl Scouts to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Service to their community.
 
 


North Carolina
No Gardens currently planned.  
 
North Dakota
No Gardens currently planned.  

Ohio
  • Garden at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, OH.  Contact Pat , Ohio Air Force Association 
 
 
Oklahoma
ARRA Contact:  Terry Thompson 405-826-1893
 
 
*Oregon
ARRA Contact:  Dr. Yvonne Fasold, Past President 541-343-4223,  
Janet Blankenship 541-791-9124, and Doris Graham (McKenzie Chapter in Lane County) 541-942-0094
Barb Jensen, Founder/President - Oregon Spirit of '45
  • Women Veterans Sculpture, 1st E. Mohawk Street, Springfield, OR 97478 (planted by Yvonne Fasold, past president American Rosie the Riveter Association)
Oregon Spirit of '45 leads the way!
 
Oregon was the first state to plant Rosie roses in all of its Congressional Districts, and planted a full dozen Gardens in time for National Rosie the Riveter Day.
Barb Jensen (front, far right) with Oregon Rosie supporters. (R) Newly planted Rosie roses at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum,
 
 
Barb Jensen and her Oregon Spirit of '45 team have reached out to Oregon's Congressional delegation to urge them all to support the passage of the Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act.
 
“We want to make sure that the contributions of women of our Greatest Generation – all who answered the call on the Home Front and those who served in uniform during WWII – are fully honored and officially acknowledged."
Barbara Jensen, founder and president Oregon Spirit of '45 Day
 
 
ARRA past president and Spirit of '45 ambassador Yvonne Fasold organized the first National Rosie the Riveter Day Rosie rose planting in Eugene, OR to kick off the week which saw dozens of similar Spirit of '45 partner events across the country.
 
Rosie planting Rosie the Riveter Memorial Roses in Eugene, OR. Official Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens plaque. ARRA past president Yvonne Fasold interviewing Rosies during dedication ceremony.

"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, 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

 
"Rosebuds" in Action
Special thanks to Yvonne Fasold, past president, American Rosie the Riveter Association and proud daughter of a Rosie, for her continuing leadership on behalf of our nation's Rosies and their families.
You "ARRA" inspiration!
Special thanks to the American Rosie the Riveter Association for their outstanding leadership over the past 20 years!

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's first Rosie Garden at Military Museum
 
Pennsylvania State Assemblyman Mark Gillen is creating a large Rosie Rose Garden at the Berks Military History Museum that he founded in Mohnton, PA last year to honor his father, a WWII veteran. Mark's mother was a Rosie and has been invited to be a special guest at a National Rosie the Riveter Day ceremony this week, and a Rosie rose planting next month.
 

Sprit of '45 Day "co-founders" Jim Eaman and Jim Kronbach with Berks History Museum founder Mark Gillen and acclaimed artist Seward Johnson's sculpture of the iconic "Rosie pose."
 
Two Rosies, 93 and 95, unveil Seward Johnson sculpture with Rosie lookalikes and Berks Military History Museum founder Mark Gillen at pre-planting ceremony on Saturday, March 24.
 
Rhode Island
South Carolina
No Gardens currently planned.  
 
South Dakota
No Gardens currently planned.  
 
Tennessee
No Gardens currently planned.  
  
Texas
ARRA Contact:  Stephanie Davis, Vice President, Membership, Susan Stewart, Central Texas 512 422-3941
  • Texas Air & Space Museum, 10001 American Dr, Amarillo, TX 79111 (planted by the Amarillo Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association
Utah
No Gardens currently planned.
 
Virginia
 
 
 
 Elinor Otto plants first Rosie the Riveter Memorial Roses on her 99th birthday at Girl Scout Camp Crowell in Oakton, VA 
 
 
Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Madeleine LeBeau organized the first ever Rosie the Riveter Memorial Garden dedication in Virginia at Camp Crowell on October 28, attended by campaign honorary chairwoman Elinor Otto who was celebrating her 99th birthday that day.
 
 
 
In honor of Elinor's 99th birthday, Brownies or Juniors to register  built their own Rosie toolbox, a “Victory Garden” box, and a Cook at Home Spice Rack, symbolizing the many contributions of women during WWII.  Elinor autographed their completed projects and posed for photos.  Older Scouts made fleece blankets for wounded veterans that were donated to the Walter Reed Naval Medical Center in honor of Ms. Otto.
 
 
 
 
 
 
More than 250 Girl Scouts and their parents attended the ceremony, which featured comments from Sharla Rausch, northern Virginia director for the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO of the Girl Scout Nation's., the nation's largest Girl Scout group.
 
 
Madeleine's Garden will be a model for other Girl Scout camps throughout the country. 
 
 
 
    "It was such an honor to be able to organize the first Rosie the Riveter Memorial Garden in Virginia!
 
   "More than 200 Girl Scouts were in attendance and Dr. Rausch and our Girl Scout Nation's Capital CEO, Lidia Soto-Harmon, were the perfect people to showcase the contributions of the Rosies and honor Elinor Otto on her 99th birthday. It was lovely to have Ms. Otto's family with us, as well as Warren Hegg representing the Spirit of '45!

"I am also happy to report that the pre-Dedication ceremony events -- both the Rosie-inspired wood crafts and the service projects -- left a very positive and lasting impression on the Girl Scouts. Service-learning done in honor of our Greatest Generation is a cornerstone of the iWitnessed --iRemember mission, and I was so happy to have so many Girl Scouts being inspired to give in the spirit of the Rosies.
 
Madeleine LeBeau
Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient
Founder - iWitnessed - iRemember 
 
More photos of the dedication ceremony on the iWitnessed -iRemember Facebook page 
 
Washington
ARRA Contact:  Doris Graham 541-942-0094 

Wisconsin
No Gardens currently planned.  
 
 
Wyoming
No Gardens currently planned.  
 
 
 
Help support the campaign.
 
Make a tax deductible donation today so we can
keep this important grassroots project growing!
 
 
 Special thanks to the USS Midway Museum, Vitas Healthcare programs in California and Florida, and Dignity Memorial (Arlington, VA) whose donations helped support the first phase of the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens campaign in 2018
 
        

 
 
 
 
 
 
Linda Laurie, National Project Leader with Girl Scout and local Rosie.  Linda's own personal "Rosie Rose Garden" blooms at her home in Poway, CA. 
 
More to come...
 
 
Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden
Inaugural Community Partners
These organizations and individuals are helping make the vision of a national network of Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens a reality.
 
            

    

 
 
Don't see your organization's logo?
Send it to us and will add it to the team!!
 
 Special thanks to the USS Midway and Vitas Healthcare who provided seed (no pun!) funding to help get the campaign underway.
 
Please donate what you can to keep the momentum going!!  
All donations will be used to support campaign marketing, including social media, and are tax deductible 
 
 
 
 
 We Rosies made history.  
Now its the younger generation's turn to be 21st Century Rosies!
 
National Rosie the Riveter Day "co-founders" Mae Krier and Phyllis Gould with Senator Bob Casey (Pa), Senator Amy Klobucher (MN), and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick at Captiol Hill reception. (R) Oregon Spirit of '45 planting inaugural Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden in Portland.
 
Spirit of '45 youth leader Madeleine LeBeau shares ideas with Congresswoman Jackie Speier during Rosie Reception on Capitol Hill. Six graders from New Hampshire brave the snow strom to honor the nation's Rosies at the National WWII Memorial.