Bells will be ringing in Winchester on Labor Day to celebrate the important roles various working women held during World War II.
The event is organized by Thanks! Plain and Simple Inc., a nonprofit organization based in West Virginia. The organization interviews women who worked during World War II, including those who worked in factories or shipyards, and it archives the interviews. The organization was formed in 2005 and has completed more than 50 interviews with “Rosies.”
Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of World War II, representing the women who worked in factories in the munitions industry.
In Winchester, bells will be hand rung at 1 p.m. for 15 seconds at First United Methodist Church, 204 South Main Street.
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The organization’s president, Michael Kindred, is from Winchester. The former principal of the Clark County Area Technology Center, Kindred said he got involved with the organization after meeting with the organization’s founder, Anne Montague, online.
The organization wants to emphasize the importance of women during the second World War, Kindred said. “Rosies” generally worked on the home front and their numbers equaled those of men in the military during the war. Most of them are in their 90s.
“We want these women recognized because they’re getting old and they’re passing away at such a rapid rate,” Kindred said.