“Rosie Gardens in communities across our country will remind people what women achieved in the workplace during WWII and will help to inspire young women to be 21st century Rosie's' by preparing for high tech careers."                                                            - Linda Laurie, Project Leader  
 Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens Project 

Be part of a national campaign to build a living memorial to honor women who served on the Home Front during WWII that will be announced on National Rosie the Riveter Day, March 21, 2018


America's longest working Rosie the Riveter is on a mission...  

Elinor Otto was a 22-year old single mom when she began building bombers in 1942 as one of the first "Rosie the Riveters"  - women who took manufacturing jobs when America's men were called to service during WWII.

Seventy-five years later, at age 95, Ms. Otto put her rivet gun down for the last time when the Boeing plant in Long Beach where she had been building C-17 transport planes for nearly 50 years, was shut down. 

      Elinor as 22 year old Rosie.                                        Still riveting at age 95.                                       Accepting AFA lifetime achievement award 

At age 98, Elinor is now on a personal mission to create a national network of rose gardens that will be a living memorial to the achievements of her fellow Rosie’s and an inspiration to women of all ages.  

“I want to make sure that the contributions of the women who worked on the Home Front during WWII are remembered so that our example can educate and inspire future generations - especially young girls who can be the new Rosie's of the high tech workplace of the 21st century,” says Elinor.  
Elinor is mobilzing young girls and women in positions of leadership like District of Columbia. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton to participate in the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens campaign. 
The campaign is currently reaching out to community leaders and organizations to take the lead in establishing the first tranche of Gardens at national and state WWII memorials.
The first Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden was planted on March 21, 2017, by the National Park Service and a group of original Rosie's at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front Historical Park in Richmond, CA, on the inaugural National Rosie the Riveter Day.
Elinor was joined by U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal - one of the co-sponsors of the Rosie the Riveter Day - to plant the first community roses at the Rosie the Riveter Park in Long Beach, CA.
Join the Campaign!
If you would like to help establish a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden in your community, or learn how you can participate in the campaign, please contact Linda Laurie at RosieGardens@Spiritof45.org.

Make a tax deductible donation to support the campaign!

 Vitas Healthcare leads the way!
Vitas Healthcare - the nation’s largest provider of end-of-life care - is helping raise the start up funding for the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens campaign. Vitas has been involved in every Spirit of ’45 initiative since 2011.

In 2017, Vitas Healthcare programs in several states became the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden's first inaugural community partners by donating $500 each year to underwrite initial startup costs, and will be presenting special certificates to senior living communities and others that participate in the campaign honoring the women who worked on the Home Front during WWII.

Vitas Healthcare is part of We Honor Veterans, a VA-palliative care industry collaborative that is promoting the campaign to its more than 5,000 members.



· Vitas Milpitas (Chaplin Franklin) - Rosie the Riveter Memorial Garden, History Park, San Jose, CA

· Vitas East Bay (Kimberly Carroll) – National Rosie the Riveter Memorial, Richmond, CA

· Vitas San Diego (Jan Voi) – Veterans Museum & Memorial, Balboa Park


· Vitas Lakeland (Stephen Morris) 

· Vitas Miami-Dade (Nancy Auster)

· Vitas Collier (Cindy McCue)


· Vitas Atlanta (Larry Robert)


· Vitas Cincinnati (Carole Quakenbush)


· Vitas Houston (Jasmine Blue)

* Rosie Rose planting locations to be announced on National Rosie the Riveter Day (March 21)

“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, Florida

“Vitas Healthcare of San Diego is proud to be an inaugural sponsor of the Rosie the Riveter Memorial. We are so privileged to be a part of this legacy”

Laury Searle-Bliss

Vitas Healthcare - San Diego, CA

                Become a Founding Community Partner!

Founding Community Partners will have the benefit of working directly with Spirit of ’45 on all aspects of the campaign, and will receive information and ideas for planning, planting and maintaining a successful Garden.

All Founding members will receive a free complimentary e-membership to the American Rose Society online newsletter filled with tips and news about maintaining your Garden. The Society is mobilzing its members throughout America to help support plantings in their respective communities.
Spirit of '45 will help introduce Founding Community Partners to other groups that are working together to make Elinor's vision of a national network of Rosie the Riveter roses a reality.
For example, the Air Force Association, which presented Elinor with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, is mobilizing its members, including its Arnold Air Society/Silver Wings leaderhip program for college students, to help support the campaign.
Spirit of ’45 will help also participating partners to engage the interest of their local Congressional representatives (several of whom co-sponsored National Rosie the Riveter Day).
Original Rosie and Spirit of '45 Day supporter Bertha Galvin announces campaign to plant Rosie Rose bushes in Massachusetts
The goal of the campaign is to have at least one planting site confirmed in each state in time for National Rosie the Riveter Day on March 21, when the campaign will officially be announced during joint press conferences in Times Square, Washington, D.C. the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front Historical Park and other locations.
These inaugural Gardens will form the initial "backbone" of an expanded national network of Gardens, with the goal of having at least one in each Congressional District in time for the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in 2020. 
Each Garden in the network will display a plaque designating it as an official part of the national Memorial, and will be the venue to celebrate of the legacy of the Rosie's on National Rosie the Riveter Day (March 21) and Spirit of '45 Day (second weekend in August).
Candidate sites for Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Gardens currently include the National World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C., the East Coast World War II Memorial in Battery Park, New York, and the following state memorials:
Arizona World War II Memorial (Phoenix, AZ)
Florida State World War II Memorial (Tallahasee, FL) 
National Cemetery of the Pacific (Honolulu, HI) 
Idaho Veterans Memorial (Boise, ID)
Illinois State World War II Memorial (Springfield, IL) 
Indiana State World War II Memorial (Indianapolis, IN)
Iowa World War II Freedom Memorial (Des Moines, IA)
Maine World War II Memorial (Bangor, ME)
Maryland World War II Memorial (Annapolis, MD)
Massachusetts World War II Memorials (Boston, MA) 
Michigan World War II Memorial site (Royal Oak, MI)
New Jersey World War II Memorial (Trenton, NJ)
New York World War II Memorial (Albany, NY)
Oregon World War II Memorial (Salem, OR)
Rhode Island World War II Memorial (Providence, RI)
Memorial Park (Columbia, SD)
Texas State World War II Memorial (Austin, TX)
Washington State World War II Memorial (Olympia, WA) 

The project is an initiative of Spirit of ’45, a nonprofit alliance of organizations and individuals that promotes public awareness and participation in Spirit of ’45 Day - the annual day that honors the men and women of the WWII generation that the U.S. Congress passed unanimously in 2010, and is observed on the second weekend in August.

Contact your local nursery and order your Rosie the Riveter roses NOW!
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For more information about the campaign, contact RosieGardens@Spiritof45.org
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