RICHMOND (CBS SF) – Former World Conflict II shipyard employee Mary Torres, 96, jumped to her ft and waved whereas a whole lot of individuals cheered on Saturday on the Rosie Rally House Entrance Pageant in Richmond.
That is the fifth 12 months of the pageant, which commemorates the enduring, albeit fictitious, World Conflict II employee generally known as "Rosie the Riveter." The employee appeared on World Conflict II posters depicting ladies who work in industrial jobs to help the battle effort.
The occasion takes place on the Richmond waterfront, the place Torres and different staff made 747 ships that helped win World Conflict II.
Torres, an official welder from 1942 to 1945, was honored together with 20 different "Rosies" who attended from 91 to 103 years previous. It was estimated that greater than 1,000 individuals attended the occasion on the Craneway Pavilion all through the day.
"It is a special occasion for me," Torres mentioned, sporting the pink polka dot scarf and blue work garments related to the Rosies.
"Thanks all for coming to our day."
Males, ladies, youngsters and even canine got here to the pageant wearing pink scarves and Rosie's garments. Amongst them was California State Senator Nancy Skinner, who linked the Rosies with present occasions.
"Henry Kaiser began Kaiser (Everlasting) as medical look after shipyard staff in World Conflict II," Skinner instructed the viewers. “Kaiser is a superb begin. We want medical consideration for everybody. ”
John Gioia, president of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, additionally attended, as did Richmond Metropolis Councilman Ben Choi.
"I spent all day dressing like this," Choi mentioned.
Whereas enjoying a jazz band, attendees lined as much as take their images and switch them into facsimile shipyard badges, searched cubicles for companies that embody the Nationwide Park Service and ducked into meals vans.
The 2016 Rosie assembly in Richmond was formally declared the biggest at the moment by Guinness World Information. Whereas the occasion didn’t attain a document this 12 months, "in 2020 we are going to attempt to set a world document once more," mentioned Tom Leatherman, the superintendent of the Nationwide Park Service who was a grasp of ceremonies for Saturday's occasion.
Subsequent 12 months is the 20 th anniversary of the Rosie the Riveter Nationwide Park / World Conflict II House Entrance, positioned proper subsequent to Craneway, Leatherman mentioned.
Bianca Albonico, 14, of Richmond, attended the occasion with a household buddy, Jessica Hayes, additionally of Richmond.
"We wished to see all of the Rosies and possibly study a bit extra in regards to the story," mentioned Hayes.
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