Ground Breaking for Tarrant County's First Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, North Richland Hills Mayor Oscar Trevino and Ms. Kristin Vandergriff, District Director for Congresswoman Kay Granger, are among the dignitaries attending this event.
"We are excited to welcome the American Rosie the Riveter Association to the Vintage Flying Museum family," said Charlyn 'Chuckie' Hospers, Director of the Vintage Flying Museum. "The contributions of the many women they represent were critical to the war effort during World War II."
The ARRA-FTW and Vintage Flying Museum have joined with the Fort Worth Rose Society to create a memorial rose garden to honor North Texas Rosie the Riveters and recognize their contribution to the war effort during World War II.
"We are honored to be a part of the Vintage Flying Museum," said Leslie Garvis, President of the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association. "As a working museum – where volunteers work to preserve history in front of guests' eyes – it's just a natural fit for our organization."
Rosie the Riveter is the collective name given to the women on the home front who went to work in industry jobs typically held by men, thus releasing the men for military duty. North Texas Rosies built fighters and bombers at several local companies, including North American Aviation, Consolidated Aircraft Corporation and Vought Aircraft Companies.
The ground breaking will take place at the Vintage Flying Museum, located at 505 NW 38th Street, Hangar 33 South, Fort Worth, Texas 76106. The Vintage Flying Museum is the home of many flying historical aircraft, including the Commemorative Air Force's B-29, "FiFi" and B-24, "Diamond Lil."
The public is invited to join us as we break ground on this exciting garden honoring North Texas Rosies and recognizing their contribution to the war effort on the home front during World War II.
The purpose of the American Rosie the Riveter Association (ARRA) is to recognize and preserve the history and legacy of working women, including volunteer women, during World War II; to promote cooperation and fellowship among such members and their descendants;
The Vintage Flying Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, brings aviation history to life. The Vintage Flying Museum, a 501(c)(3) organization, features over 20 aircraft - including flying war machines from the Commemorative Air Force and Greatest Generation Aircraft. Guests experience the true nuts and bolts of vintage aviation as our volunteers restore and preserve historic aircraft to flying condition right in front of their eyes. From aviation history to aerospace fundamentals and career opportunities, students experience a hands-on approach to aviation in our education programs. Demonstration aircraft give guests the opportunity to experience historic aviation in the way it was meant to be experienced - in the air! Visit us at http://www.vintageflyingmuseum.org/
Leslie Garvis, President, ARRA - FTW