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Celebration set for Rosie the Riveters

Dear pastors, choir directors, choir members, church members or members of the community at large,

On Labor Day, Sept. 6 from noon until 1 p.m. there will be a celebration for Rosie the Riveters (Those women who were employed in the home front doing any type of defense work during World War II) at the Rotary Amphitheater in Elkins.

This is an international program that Our Town, Inc. has decided to bring to Elkins. Other major cities in the United States and our former Allied Nations will join in this event during the Labor Day weekend.

The hour will be filled with presentations, recognitions, historical dialogue, music and dance of the era. Those attending are welcome to bring chairs, blankets, sun umbrellas and a packed lunch for the occasion.

On that date we hope that there be a “group sing” of two songs — “The West Virginia Hills” and “My Home Among The Hills” — which will occur when the story brings us to the part where these willing young women left their West Virginia homes to travel to major cities to start their important work.

Susan Seders, music director at First United Methodist Church, has agreed to coordinate this venture by providing music to groups or individuals who are interested. There is a possibility of one group practice prior to the event. If any group or individual is interested please contact Bobbi Trimboli at 304-636-0415. We think it will be inspiring to have groups blending their voices as part of this tribute.

In addition, Our Town, Inc. is asking that we join in the international movement by ringing church bells at the 1 p.m. hour for three minutes along with those present and others at home as a community recognition to the women that gave so much and helped us win the war. We hope your church will arrange to participate.

Please consider putting Elkins on the map by joining in this venture. Questions can be directed to the above number. Our Town, Inc. is the group who decorate downtown with scarecrows, gnomes, flowers and the patriotic activities of window dressings, children’s activities and a parade for Summer 2021.

In continued effort to grow community involvement,

Bobbi Trimboli

Our Town, Inc. Volunteer

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