30 Real-Life Rosie the Riveters Visited DC Tuesday

Thirty "real-life Rosie the Riveters" took an Honor Flight in honor of Women's History Month Tuesday to visit the World War II Memorial. These women are between 88 and 98 years old, but in the early 1940s, they were building weapons in American factories. Ford Motor Company owned some of those factories and sponsored the trip. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit that arranges trips for veterans so they can see the memorials built in their honor. The Rosies visited Capitol Hill, the World War II Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery, according to a Ford representative.

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Thirty "real-life Rosie the Riveters" took an Honor Flight in honor of Women's History Month Tuesday to visit the World War II Memorial. These women are between 88 and 98 years old, but in the early 1940s they were building weapons in American factories. Ford Motor Company owned some of those factories, and sponsored the trip. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit that arranges trips for veterans so they can see the memorials built in their honor. The Rosies visited Capitol Hill, the World War II Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery, according to a Ford representative.
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The Rosies were greeted at Reagan National Airport with a water arch salute from the fire department, school children, uniformed military personnel and a chorus. They also snapped a photo on the steps of the Capitol Building.
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Some of these Rosies worked at Ford Motor Company’s Willow Run Bomber Plant, which made one B-24 bomber plane every hour. The plant produced 9,000 of the planes throughout World War II, according to Ford.
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The percentage of working women jumped by 10 percent during World War II, according to The History Channel. Millions of women started working in factories as the entire U.S. mobilized for war.
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The Honor Flight Network, which sponsored the trip, has flew over 20,000 veterans to D.C in 2015 to visit the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials.
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Ford Willow Run tin shop employee in 1943.
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Ford Willow Run Plant trainee in 1943.
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