Rosie the Riveter

The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum in Middle River is looking to get 776 people to dress like Rosie the Riveter on Sunday, May 16, to break a world record.

MIDDLE RIVER — Celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 16, with Homefront and Warfront Veterans at the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum in Middle River.

During the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, help make a new memory for World War II veterans and the Rosie the Riveters, the women of the 1940s who kept the homefront moving while the men went to war.

Located at Martin State Airport, the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum is recognizing the contributions of these women with a Rosie the Riveter Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day’s activities include a ceremony at noon honoring the Rosies and veterans attending and the Museum is in search of these WWII folks for including them into the ceremony. Throughout the day the Commemorative Air Force will be visiting with its World War II aircraft. There will also be an activity for children. Singer Ellis Woodward will be bringing his musical talents to the event. Schools, community organizations and families are encouraged to include their World War II folks in these festivities so that they can receive recognition for their service.

Join in the “We Can Do It!” spirit at 2:30 p.m. when there will be attempt to make a new record for a gathering of the most people dressed as a Rosie the Riveter, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Guinness rules for setting the world record are strict when it comes to attire, so participants planning on attending the event should wear the following to be included in the count:

  • A red bandana with large white polka dots
  • Red knee socks
  • Dark blue cotton or denim pants.
  • Black work boots
  • A dark blue, long sleeve “Dickie’s-style” cotton work shirt. No denim shirts are allowed

Glenn Martin was the first WWII industrial employer to hire women for working jobs on an industrial assembly line when in August, 1941, he hired his first 19 women to build airplanes for the war effort. Alice Whitmer Podolsky, one of those 19 women first hired, will be attending the May 16 event and is looking for at least 776 Guinness code dressed people to join her for breaking the current record held by “Rosies” gathering at Willow Run, Mich., last year, when 776 people from 3 months to 97 years old gathered to call attention to preserve the B-24 Willow Run bomber plant.

Family-friendly admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children and these proceeds assist in supporting the Museum’s preservation of airplanes and artifacts, exhibits development, archives and education programs as it celebrates 25 years of service to the region in 2015. The working women of World War II are free as are veterans and these Rosies and veterans are requested to RSVP at 410-682-6122 so they can be included in the noon ceremony. Active military with ID are also free.

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