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Rosie The Riveters Honored On Memorial Day

Reported: May. 26, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
Updated: May. 26, 2014 5:57 PM EDT
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ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin) -- Rosie the Riveters -- women whose work on the home front made it possible for men to fight for our country in World War II -- were honored Monday at a special ceremony in St. Albans.

"There couldn't have been a war, if it hadn't been for us women. Would you want to go up in an airplane that an 18-year-old woman had built? No, but they did," Q.D Wood said with a laugh.

Wood was 18 when she joined the more than six million women who worked on the home front during World War II. Today, she is joined by those same women, who are working to carry on the Rosie legacy.

"I knew we had a job, and we did it and I thought that was it. We won the war, and couldn't have done it without the young women doing the work," she said.

At the Roadside Memorial Park in St. Albans, there is a special place to honor the Rosies. On this Memorial Day, a monument was unveiled in their honor.

Ann Montague, director of "Thanks! Plain and Simple," a group that works to get communities involved with Rosies, said the memorial is small, dignified, and makes a statement that women's work is not always flashy, by it's important to families, communities, the nation and the world.

"This park is to show that the woman can and should be involved in how their own legacy is passed to the future," she said.

Jackie Evans, Wood's daughter, said her mother "put a lot of effort out when she was a young girl to help with the war effort. I feel that in today's world, that people are becoming more patriotic because of the things that are going on with the vets, and the military being cut down. It's heartwarming to see, and it makes you proud to be an American."

Wood said she thinks "the people really know what we did."

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