Kentucky World War II riveters honored 77 years later

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - It's been 77 years, but Sophie Adams remember's it like it was yesterday.

"It was like playing," she said. The jobs that I had was like playing."

She's called a 'Rosie' after the famous Rosie the Riveter, but the people of 'Girl Scouts Unite' look at her and the other 'Rosie's as the backbone of America's fight in World War II.

"How special that they wanted to contribute as well and they did and that was the spirit of the country at that time," Terrie Wood-Bond said. "I'm not sure we have that today and we do need it."

Bond's father, Oliver wasn't a 'Rosie', but he was a riveter. Oliver was only, 15, when he left home to build bombers. Terrie told WKYT that was his way of giving back. As soon as he turned 17 he enlisted in the navy to continue serving his country.

However, women didn't have that option and that is one of the reasons dozens of people gathered in Winchester to plant dogwood trees in their honor, Saturday. Organizes say the dogwood trees symbolize the riveter's strength.

"The men were all gone and they were asking for women to come, so I volunteered to go and get a job," Adams said.

Adams helped build planes during the war, specifically she worked on P-38's. Nearly 77 years later she is still giving back, but it's in a way she never expected.

"Seeing them how they've gone through all of that just makes us have more courage for in the future of what we can do," a girl scout said.

This is the first year 'Girl Scout's Unite' have planted a tree to honor the riveters of World War II, but it is not the last.

Organizers told WKYT they plan to do another ceremony in the Fall of 2016.

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