March 20, 2016: Rosie the Riveter Day
WHEREAS, Rosie the Riveter is an icon representing the can-do attitude of women as they joined the work force during World War II and helped the United States and its allies win the war; and,
WHEREAS, these women helped build the B-24 Liberator bombers at the Willow Run Bomber Plant which was home to the original Rosie, Rose Will Monroe; and,
WHEREAS, these women traveled from their homes to do whatever job was needed in order to assist the war effort. This included riveting, welding, flying planes, keeping victory gardens, and recycling materials needed for the war effort, all while continuing to care for their families at home; and,
WHEREAS, the legacy of the women of the Greatest Generation is recognized as critical to preserve, and future generations will benefit greatly from the lessons that can be learned from these fine and dedicated women;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 20, 2016 as Rosie the Riveter Day.