Miller, Dingell Welcome “Original Rosies” to D.C.
WASHINGTON – Today, as part of Women’s History Month, U.S. Representatives Candice Miller (MI-10) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) welcomed to Washington, D.C. an Honor Flight of Original “Rosie the Riveters,” women who worked the factories during World War II, producing munitions and war supplies critical to an Allied victory.
“It was a tremendous honor to be able to welcome dozens of ‘Original Rosie’ to our nation’s capital to honor them for their selfless service during World War II,” Dingell and Miller said in a joint statement. “These women are true trailblazers who stepped up during one of the most turbulent times in our nation’s history to build planes, tanks and other necessities for the war effort and forever redefined the role of women in the workplace. We will always be thankful for their strength and gusto, which was integral to getting a tough job done, and their unwavering American spirit, which continues to inspire us all.”
For photos of the group and the luncheon, please click here.
The Honor Flight, made possible by The Ford Motor Company Fund and the Yankee Air Museum in partnership with Talons Out Honor Flight, brought dozens of “Original Rosies” from the Detroit area to honor and celebrate them and their lasting contribution to this country.
The Rosie Honor Flight comes after more than 2,000 women, including 43 “Original Rosies,” gathered at the former Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan to take back the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Rosie the Riveters since WWII.
Dingell and Miller submitted to the Congressional Record a tribute to America’s Rosies for Women’s History Month. The statement can be read in full below.