"Rosie the Riveters" Making Sure Their Legacy Lives On

By: Carrie Jones Email
By: Carrie Jones Email

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- They may not have worked together, but a group of women in West Virginia are now closer than ever.

Thanks! Plain and Simple, Incorporated is one of the organizations behind an effort to find women who worked in factories during WWII.

Sunday, the "Rosie the Riveters" were part of a special ceremony in St. Albans to keep their efforts in the public's mind. At the St. Albans roadside park, they planted a tree to honor the hard work that all the "Rosies" put in.

For this event, they had a special guest from England. Elsie Johns was a "Rosie" in London while the war was going on around her.

"When you see a policeman going into the debris of a bombed school carrying children, you get emotional. You try to forget these things," said Johns.

She says she enjoyed meeting with the women in the Mountain State to reminisce about the bad and the good times.

Johns decided to come to West Virginia after a discovery made by her son. Ceryl Johns was working on an old WWII plane when he discovered signatures inside a wing. Two of those signatures belong to West Virginia women who worked at a factory in Akron, Ohio.

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