On the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial (BVVM) dedicates its ninth statue.
“Rosie The Riveter” is also the third statue at the World War II memorial site and the first of a woman.
The dedication event starts Thursday at noon at Veterans Park.
The keynote speaker is the Honorary President General of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Lynn Forney Young lives on a ranch in Milam County.
Three local DAR chapters led the fundraising for this statue.
Click below for comments from Shawn Carlson of the College Station DAR chapter, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.
The event also has World War II era music, provided by a group called the Brazos Valley WW II Homefront Musicians.
There will also be a recognition of World War II veterans.
From the BVVM dedication program:
Throughout history women have sent their fathers, husbands, sons and loved ones off to fight in war while they took care of everything back home. Never was this as important as it was in World War II when the entire globe was at war and women managed everything back home and produced tanks, airplanes and ships for the war.
During World War II, Americans adopted a new social icon: “Rosie the Riveter.” This fictional character represented thousands of women working in hundreds of highly skilled and physically demanding jobs in U.S. defense industries that were mostly worked by men before the war.
The character gained attention first in a 1942 song “Rosie the Riveter” by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb. Then two notable illustrators, Norman Rockwell and J. Howard Miller, created versions of the character.
Rockwell’s “Rosie” became widely known from the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in May 1943. Americans saw a muscular, confident woman riveter eating a sandwich.
Miller’s version appeared on a poster printed exclusively for the Westinghouse Electric Company. Wearing a red bandana to cover her hair, she confidently rolled up her shirtsleeves and encouraged Westinghouse employees by exclaiming, “We Can Do It!” After the war, Miller’s “Rosie” became famous and eclipsed Rockwell’s character, and is how Americans remember women factory and industrial workers of World War II.
“Rosie the Riveter” has been chosen to represent all of the women who helped America win the war by managing the homefront and working at jobs usually held by men so they could go off to fight.
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Source: Culture – WTAW