Help Willow Run Regain the Rosie the Riveter Guinness World Record

by kendra on September 26, 2015

Willow Run Rosies at a recent event.

Willow Run and the Yankee Air Museum in Ypsilanti Township, MI, congratulate the Rockin’ Rosies of Richmond (CA) for beating their original record of 776 Rosies by bringing together 1084 Rosies in August 2015.

But records are made to be broken, and the Rosies of Michigan are determined to reclaim the title for Willow Run. And you can help! Willow Run hopes to gather 2000 Rosies…in one place…at one time.

By registering, dressing the part and showing up, you can help make this a win to remember.

What You Need to Know to Participate

The place to be on October 24, 2015 is Willow Run Airport Hangar One. The staging call to gather will be at 1:30 PM. You can find the online registration form, costume guidelines, waiver form, directions to Airport Hangar One, and the event schedule by going to savethebomberplant.org (just click the link).

Willow Run and the nearby Yankee Air Museum plan to make this event a fun outing. There will be costume judging, prizes, and a lot of picture taking. Plus you’ll have a piece of Guinness World Record bragging rights.

The costume guidelines, while easy to meet, are specific. Yankee Air Museum will be selling some of the accessories you need. And you can always visit our Rosie Legacy Gear shop on ETSY. We have bandanas, Rosie Employment Badge Collar Pins, little bags of rivets, and our Rosie DIY Legacy Portrait Kit includes a We Can Do It! poster and ration book.

Help Save the Bomber Plant

While the Yankee Air Museum and Willow Run enjoy putting on fun events, a lot of the money they raise goes to an important historical landmark. They have been working for the last several years to raise enough money to save the Willow Run Factory where some 40,000 workers built more 8,600 B-24 Liberator bombers. These planes played an important part in winning World War II.

The United States has many monuments to the men and women who served in the military, but we have very few testaments to the dedicated work millions of people on the home front did to supply the war effort. This bomber plant is one of those sites. The factory building has been saved from demolition. Now they’re working to fill the space with exhibits and develop programs for adults and children.

So join hundreds (indeed thousands) of Rosies on October 24, 2015 to set a new Guinness World Record.

Help Willow Run Regain the Rosie the Riveter Guinness World Record

Help Willow Run Regain the Rosie the Riveter Guinness World Record

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1 Barbarann K Ayars 10.30.15 at 11:17 am

How in the world did I miss this event! What a coup! I insist everywhere I can that getting the story of Rosie’s Daughters heard, loudly, should be the goal of the nation. Our mothers were heroines unmatched in any era. You might recall that when I wrote for your site, I was working on a memoir. The thing is finally done. Sheila Bender, my writing coach, edited it for me and now I must do the daunting work of marketing. I am truly a babe in the woods hoping the wolf doesn’t eat me, but believe fully that this story of that period needs to be told. Mama’s agony was to return to the nothingness that was offered to women the minute the war ended. That these women were the bedrock marker for the beginning of the women’s movement is immediately obvious. How strange that literary agents have no passion for it. My generation is the last contact with that story. I worry that it will be lost except for the incredible dedication you, Matilda, and you, Kendra keep that fire burning brightly. Since my last contact with you I have continued to recover from cancer, and written my very vivid memories of my own story, so intertwined with my mother. Every one of us Daughters have a memoir to write. My own is at last outside my skin, where all of them belong. Now, to get it to market! Wish me luck and please help me where you can. Broken people rebuilding a nation had a steep climb. The memoir has a title: MAMA WAS A BOOM-BOOM GIRL. She made ordnance for the US Navy at Elkton, MD. Boring and tedious work. And deadly.

2 kendra 10.31.15 at 7:08 pm

Thanks for your nice note, Barbarann. The Willow Run event was a huge success for the plant and the Yankee Air Museum. They broke the Rosie the Riveter Trust record handily. Now it’s up to RtR Trust to see if they can pick up the challenge. In any case, it’s all in good fun and an excellent fundraiser for both. And that helps keep the legend of Rosie the Riveter alive and strong.

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