2-10-14 W.Va. group to start ‘Rosie The Riveter’ movement

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — A West Virginia group dedicated to honoring the working women of World War II wants to start a national movement.

“Thanks! Plain and Simple” executive director Ann Montague says a public meeting will be held Friday afternoon at Huntington’s Pullman Plaza Hotel.

Millions of women worked at defense plants to supply the war effort. Their real lives were behind the cultural icon known as Rosie the Riveter.

Montague’s group wants to launch the national movement on Memorial Day, May 26. The group’s past work includes the naming of a building in Huntington and a permanent display at the Pullman Plaza Hotel.

Montague says the goal is to tell the stories about living Rosies and educate the public about their work. She says Rosies are typically 90 years old.

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