Thursday, July 08, 2010

Rosie The Riveter WWII Home Front Memorial

Our next adventure was to Richmond, CA to see the Rosie The Riveter WWII Home Front Memorial Although "Rosie the Riveter" is most commonly known, women ship's welders preferred to be known as "Wendy the Welders." My mother-in-law was a Wendy the Welder.
Norman Rockwells
Rosie The Riveter
This gives you an idea of just how small and cramped an area they would have to climb into to work. 
A sculpture evoking a ship's hull under construction is made of stainless steel. "Image ladders" recall those used by workers to traverse the prefabricated ship parts. Etched granite pavers begin at the hull and cover the length of the keel walk, including a timeline of events on the home front and individual memories of the period.
This was a much bigger spread out memorial then we realized its actually a driving and walking memorial with stations throughout the area.
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A few of the quotes and facts printed in the sidewalk.
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Diagrams and pictures of the ships built in the shipyards during WWII.
Over 747 Ships were built in the four Richmond Kaiser Shipyards during WWII.  Prior to WWII it would take approximately one year to build ships of this size.  By 1945 z, the average time for construction was less than one month!
USS Red Oak Victory Ship One of many ships built during this time.
My favorite quote was on an armrest on the overlook platform that reads:
"You must tell your children, putting modesty aside, that without us, without women, there would have been no Spring in 1945."

I love Angelina Marino's 
A Neigborhood in Motion Mural of Rosie the Riviter and Wendy the Welder Painting 

Artistic Inspirations to help you create!

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