By Kathy Chouteau
In a show of the indefatigable “We Can Do It” spirit, Rosie the Riveter Trust and the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park will be taking the annual Rosie Rally virtual this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
With an effort toward protecting everyone’s collective health safety, the “2020 Virtual Rosie Rally” will be viewable Aug. 15 on social media channels instead of its typical in-person gathering at the Craneway Pavilion.
According to the Trust, this time around there’s even more reason to celebrate. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Rosie the Riveter Park.
Organizers of the popular annual gathering, which traditionally brings out multitudes of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter to honor the women who served on the WWII Home Front, are encouraging people to submit tribute videos as part of its virtual format.
“We invite you to post a Rosie tribute message by August 10. Don your Rosie outfit and polka dot bandana, strike the Rosie pose, and contribute a thank you to the Rosies and a happy anniversary message to the park,” stated a message from the Trust.
Supporters can participate in the Virtual Rosie Rally’s online tribute by recording and submitting a short appreciation video. Click here to get started by the Aug. 10 submission deadline. Organizers suggest people keep their tribute videos to about one minute in length; they will be viewable by everyone who participates in the Virtual Rosie Rally on social media Aug. 15.
Along with news of the Virtual Rosie Rally, organizers also announced they will be partnering with Columbia Sportswear again for a special offer that will benefit the Trust. From Aug. 1 through Sept. 8, 2020, the coupon posted on this page will give people 40 to 50 percent off regular pricing, with 10 percent of the purchase benefiting the Trust.
Per the Trust, last year brought in more than $10,000 for their organization, which is the nonprofit partner supporting the Rosie the Riveter Park.
To learn more about the Rosie the Riveter Trust and Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park—including their social media pages—click on the respective links.