|Victor Jorgensen's |
"Kissing the War Goodbye"
|Isn't this a great picture? My mother and my daughter, |
Sarah, both with the Rosie spirit! Sarah had just won the
Southern Museum of Flight's "Why Are You
a Modern-Day Rosie?" Facebook contest.
And here's a pictorial recap of how some of us commemorated the anniversary through the summer, into the fall, and on through Veterans Day, in and around Birmingham:
|ARRA's National Project for the 70th Anniversary was "Rosies Rally 'Round the Troops!" -- a campaign to |
write letters to currently deployed troops. Thousands of letters from 21 states came through our box and
we sent them on to Operation Gratitude to send to Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen overseas. And it's not too late -- if you'd like to participate, send cards or letters simply expressing your thanks to:
Rosies Rally 'Round the Troops, P. O. Box #1, Fultondale, AL 35068.
|Even 18-month-old granddaughters can get in on the letter-writing fun-- |
I told the Soldiers she drew fireworks for them!
|In August, we set up a letter-writing table at an Honor Flight reunion.|
|Of course, GranFran didn't wait for people to come to us -- she went table to table recruiting people |
to write letters on the spot! And how nice that they were glad to oblige.
|We also had a letter-writing table at the Bombers and Bombshells Ball. . .|
|. . . as well as a letter-writing event at the Gardendale Public Library. With us are Mabel Myrick, a Rosie who helped host the event, Lisa who is the Adult Services Librarian, and my sweet husband, Jim.|
|We attended the Spirit of '45's commemorative program at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, AL,|
along with our friend, Ralph Jones, who is a WW II veteran and an ARRA Rivet.
|All of these ladies are real-live Rosies in our Birmingham ARRA Chapter,|
celebrating the 70th Anniversary at our quarterly meeting. We meet at the historic Irondale Cafe,
which inspired Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes -- how fun is that!!
|GranFran appeared on "Talk of Alabama" on Birmingham's ABC affiliate, |
Channel 33/40, with host Nicole Allshouse.
|We welcomed the MVPA (Military Vehicle Preservation Association) to Tannehill State Park near Birmingham, as their|
historic 29-day convoy from Washington, D. C. to San Diego made a stop. The convoy traced the original
1920 Transcontinental Motor Convoy route along the Bankhead Highway.
|We visited with some of the participants, like these ladies from California . . .|
|. . . and reconnected with old friends Bonnie and Auston McNeill of the Spirit of 45 Day Express,|
and Robert Corpus from the Spirit of '45 organization.
|In November, the Columbus, GA/Phenix City, AL Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association|
held a "Rosie Social" at Fort Benning, GA to honor veterans and Rosies.
Chapter President Jonnie Clasen organized a spectacular event
with more than 250 in attendance.
There is so much to celebrate in our great country! We owe such a debt of gratitude to all the veterans and those on the home front who brought WW II to a successful end 70 years ago.
May we all know peace again soon.