Program looks at sacrifices

When we think of members of the “Greatest Generation” and the sacrifices they made to protect the world’s freedom, many of us think of the men who fought overseas.

Our thoughts probably don’t go to another group of Americans who made their own sacrifices, helping the war effort and keeping things moving here at home.

They are often referred to as “Rosies,” a term derived from a song, “Rosie the Riveter,” written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb. The song paid tribute to those women who, while their husbands and fathers were away fighting the war, stepped up and took over jobs, manufacturing steel, building military munitions and many other positions which, up to that point, had been reserved only for men.

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center will host some of the Tri-State Area’s own “Rosies,” recognizing their contributions and listening to their stories.

We encourage area residents to attend and hear firsthand accounts from these remarkable women while we still have a chance to do so.

This will be the second time the Weirton museum has hosted such an event. Last year’s gathering included a dozen area women who filled many of those industrial jobs during the war, whether it was at Weirton Steel, Curtis Wright, Follansbee Steel or another area plant, working as tin flippers, truck drivers, inspectors or welders.

The hope of the museum is to be able to chronicle the stories directly from the ladies who experienced them. That way they will be preserved and available for future generations.

If you are or know a local “Rosie,” we encourage you to consider visiting the museum on Saturday to share those stories.

Even if you aren’t we hope you will stop by to hear their tales and learn more about their experiences.

They are an important part of our nation’s history and deserve to be remembered for their hard work and dedication to the United States and its efforts during World War II.