Calling All Rosie the Riveters! We Need You to Lead the Way Again!

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rosie-the-riveter Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske During World War II, thousands of women stepped up and worked in the aircraft plants, the munitions factories and the shipyards — making the planes, the bullets and the ships that won the war.

On November 6th, all Rosie the Riveters are being honored as the Grand Marshal of the Veterans’ Parade in Long Beach.

Rosie the Riveter was the affectionate and collective name given to women who worked in defense industries during WWII. The name became very popular after the release of a 1942 song “Rosie the Riveter” performed by an African American group called The Vagabonds.

Long Beach is currently developing a historical and interpretive park — Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center — at Clark Avenue and Conant Street just steps from the site of the Douglas Aircraft Plant.

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske invites all women who worked in the defense industries during WWII to contact her office at 562 570-6932 and let her know if you would like to ride in the parade.

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