Honor Flight honors original "Rosie the Riveters" with trip to Washington D.C.

Original "Rosie the Riveters" part of Honor Flight
Original "Rosie the Riveters" part of Honor Flight Photo credit Erica Francis/Fox 2 Detroit

Honoring the ladies who kept America running during WWll. Some of the original "Rosie the Riveters" are on a trip of a lifetime, courtesy of Honor Flight.

The trip to Washington D.C. is hosted by Representatives Debbie Dingell and Lisa McClain. The 11 "Rosies" on the trip range in age from their mid-90s to 101 years old!

Maxine Boeve
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Fox 2 Detroit's Erica Francis is on the trip with the women. JJ & JoAnne talked with her moments after the flight touched down in Washington D.C, Tuesday morning. She shared a heartbreaking moment when one of the women said she didn't feel she was worthy of this trip.

"You realized these men wouldn't have had these planes or equipment without you ladies," Erica told her. Check out the whole interview here.

Their visit includes a tour of The Capitol, along with a driving tour of the National Mall, where they'll see the World War II Memorial.

The Rosies are among the millions of women who supported the war effort on the home front during World War II. The original Rosie the Riveter, Rose Will Monroe, moved to Michigan to build B-24 bombers at Willow Run in Ypsilanti. Rosies took positions across various industries, but the aviation industry saw the biggest increase of female workers – with more than 310,000 working in the aircraft industry in 1943, representing 65% of its workforce.

Marjorie Haskins
Marjorie Haskins Photo credit Erica Francis/Fox 2 Detroit
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