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Embassy to Help Honor the Efforts of Rosie the Riveter during World War II

on May  2  a ceremony was held at the Dutch embassy in Washington specially for all the ‘Rosie the Riveters’during the war. This was the announcement for that event:

rosie-the-riveterIn honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II, the Royal Netherlands Embassy; Thanks! Plain and Simple; DC Dutch; and Dr. Hugo Keesing will recognize the remarkable women known as Rosie the Riveter, or Rosies, for their contributions to the war effort.

The Rosies, to be honored at the Royal Netherlands Embassy, are in their 90s. They represent the nearly 6 million American women who worked on the home front during World War II.  As civilians, Rosies joined the war-time workforce and did what many considered, “man’s work.” These trailblazing women worked as riveters, welders, sheet-metal workers, farmhands and more.

The people of the Netherlands were direct beneficiaries of the work of the Rosies. In 1945, thousands of Dutch citizens were starving, but B17 planes built by the Rosies and flown during “Operation Manna” dropped life-sustaining food.

At the recognition ceremony, Dutch Ambassador Rudolf Bekink and Defense Attaché Ralph Reefman will express their gratitude on behalf of the Dutch people to the Rosies for their efforts, which still resonate today.

Members of the media are invited to attend the ceremony. Rosies, their family members, Ambassador Bekink, and Defense Attache Reefman will be available to speak with the press.