Introduced Version Senate Resolution 16 History

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(By Senators Snyder, Tomblin (Mr. President), McCabe, Foster, Palumbo, Wells, Kessler, Helmick, Minard, Stollings, Prezioso, Plymale, Jenkins, Deem, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Edgell, White, Green, Fanning, Oliverio, Bowman, Hall, Sypolt, Unger, Browning, Chafin, Williams, Yost and Laird)

Recognizing the contributions of West Virginia women who served their nation as Women Ordinance Workers during World War II.

Whereas, During World War II with most of America's men serving in the armed forces of our nation on battlefields around the globe, millions of women around the nation rallied to the call to help keep our nation's industrial productivity operational; and
Whereas, These women, officially called "Women Ordinance Workers", filled the industrial void to produce such products as airplanes, ships and vehicles. They worked on assembly lines in our nation's industries as riveters, welders and machinists. They served as health care personnel and also laboratory personnel. They were also record keepers, writers and bookkeepers; and
Whereas, The Women Ordinance Workers, later nicknamed "Rosie the Riveters", were dedicated patriotic women who were performing many tasks considered as men's work, as their husbands, brothers and sons served in the armed forces and battled the enemy on foreign soil; and
Whereas, Many women from West Virginia are documented to have worked not only in their home state, but were deployed to other parts of the nation; and
Whereas, As these women rallied to the call of a nation at war, they did so at a great personal sacrifice, many leaving their children with family members at a time when communications around the nation were limited; and
Whereas, While popular songs and movies have immortalized their actions, they remain unrecognized heroes for their efforts in helping to gain victory and maintain freedom around the world; and
Whereas, Many communities in West Virginia welcomed these women, and are beginning to recognize their efforts. The city of St. Albans has been the first to designate their community as a "Rosie the Riveters Community" in tribute to the service of Women Ordinance Workers; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby recognizes the contributions of West Virginia women who served their nation during World War II as Women Ordinance Workers, also known as "Rosie the Riveters", by keeping the nation's industrial manufacturing capabilities operational; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate extends its sincere appreciation to all West Virginia women who unselfishly served their nation by keeping the nation's industrial production lines functioning during World War II; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate representatives of Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc.
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