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Labor Day Bell Ringing for 'Rosie the Riveters' Set

Rosie the Riveter

A West Virginia group dedicated to honoring the working women of World War II is sponsoring bell ringings on Labor Day in at least seven communities in the state.

“Thanks! Plain and Simple” says in a news release that bell ringings are planned for 1 p.m. EDT on Sept. 5 in Beckley, Buckhannon, Cross Lanes, Glenville, Grafton, Huntington, Morgantown and Nitro.

Millions of women worked at defense plants to supply the war effort. Their real lives were behind the cultural icon known as Rosie the Riveter.

The statement says bell ringings also are planned at other locations around the world, including at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

Group president Michael Kindred says the goal is to educate the public about “Rosies,” many of whom are still living.