Local Partnership Will Expand Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation Memorial Wall

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Upon learning that the City Parks and Recreation Commission has approved allowing the non-profit group — Honoring Our Fallen — to utilize a portion of the memorial wall in the northwest section of the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center, the following statement was issued by Gerrie Schipske, President of the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation and Laura Herzog, Founder of Honoring Our Fallen:

Gerrie Schipske: “The joint use of the memorial wall in Rosie the Riveter Park is yet one more way to commemorate the history of those who gave their lives in the service of our country, since World War II until now. The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation raised funds to install a memorial wall that remembers those who served their country either at home or in war. The Women in the Trades also place memorial plaques to acknowledge women who have completed apprenticeship programs in non-traditional trades, in the great tradition of the women who were called ‘Rosie the Riveter’ during WWII.

“Four years ago, we expanded our efforts through our Long Beach Hometown Heroes program and placed banners on the light poles representing the 15 Long Beach men who gave their lives in service since 9/11. We have always wanted a more permanent way to honor these men and we are glad to partner with Honoring Our Fallen to make this happen. Honoring Our Fallen has partnered with The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation on numerous memorial events held at the park.

The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Park is a perfect place to add this memorial wall because we have worked so very hard to make the park a contemplative area where people can walk or sit and think about their loved ones.”

Laura Herzog: “We are incredibly thankful for this partnership allowing us to build a permanent memorial honoring our nation’s fallen post September 11, 2001. Rosie the Riveter Park is such a great place for this both the location being freeway accessible and close to both Los Angeles and Orange County area and the quiet serenity this park offers.”

“It is with great honor we share, the foundational monies donated for this wall were donated to us in honor of United States Marine Corporal Claudio Patino IV who was killed in Afghanistan June 22, 2010. This wall will be a place families of our fallen, friends, and loved ones can come and see their loved ones will never be forgotten by our community and all who visit the park.”

The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center is located at Conant Street and Clark Avenue just north of the Fire Station. Enhancements to the park have been funded through the fund-raising efforts of the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation, a non-profit organization, established in 2008. For further information on the Foundation please contact, Gerrie Schipske, President: Schipske@gmail.com.

Honoring Our Fallen is a non-profit organization www.honoringourfallen.org established April 27, 2011. The organization focuses on serving as a support system for the families of those men and women who have given their lives in the service of our country since 9/11. For more information, please contact, Laura Herzog, President/CEO: laura@honoringourfallen.org.

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