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Rosie the Riveter Park Hosts Annual Wreath Laying to Honor Our Servicemen and Women
Honoring Our Fallen, Sgt. Marsh to be Honored

Rosie the Riveter Park Hosts Annual Wreath Laying to Honor Our Servicemen and Women

Honoring Our Fallen, Gold Star Mothers, Sgt. Marsh to be Honored

Long Beach, CA., November 22, 2013 – Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation will once again participate in the nationwide Wreaths Across America ceremony by laying wreaths simultaneously in memory of our fallen heroes and to honor those who serve our country, simultaneously with thousands of organizations across country. The event will be hosted at the Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center for the third year, at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 14th

 “We’ve been participating in this remembrance ceremony at Rosie the Riveter Park since 2011,” explained Schipske, “sadly this year, we are also putting up another Hometown Hero Banner to remember the sacrifice of St. Matthew R. Marsh who lost his life while clearing unexploded ordnance down at Camp Pendleton.”

Thousands of Christmas wreaths will be placed simultaneously on the graves of the women and men who gave their lives in service of our country at Arlington and nationwide.  The wreath laying ceremony is a project of Wreaths Across America.

In addition to the wreath laying, the ceremony will include recognition for the organization Honoring Our Fallen (HOF), and Gold Star Mothers. HOF founder Laura Herzog started her organization to assist and comfort the mothers and families of soldiers who have lost their lives in service to our country. Seven Gold Star Mothers will participate in the actual laying of the wreaths honoring the seven branches of service.

The ceremony begins at 9 am on Saturday December 14th at the Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center, located at the corner of Clark Avenue and Conant Street.  The ceremony honors servicemen and women who have died while in service and we will remember the sacrifice of Long Beach native Sgt. Matthew R. Marsh, who lost his life in an explosion while clearing unexploded ordnance from the Zulu impact area at Camp Pendleton on November 13 with the commemoration of a Hometown Hero Banner in his honor. The banners are part of an ongoing project that honors and remembers the sacrifice of Long Beach service members who have lost their lives in duty to our country.

Pastor Chris Lankford of the Long Beach Alliance Church will offer a prayer during the ceremony. The High Tide Quartet, and an Honor Guard from the Long Beach Army National Guard will participate.

This ceremony is held in coordination with the annual “Wreaths Across America” program that lays wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery and 450 other sites nationwide on December 14th. For more information, call 562-570-6932 or email district5@longbeach.gov.

About the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center

The park's location is just steps away from where thousands of planes were assembled by thousands of women during World War II at the Douglas Aircraft plant.  The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center preserves and represents the contributions of the women who worked at the plant and on the home front during World War II. The site also honors the great sacrifices made by those who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and in the Armed Forces.

Since the park's dedication, the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation has worked to raise funds for the historical enhancements that make this park the first of its kind in Long Beach and only the second park in the United States honoring the women known as Rosie the Riveter. The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization specifically established to raise funds for this park and its exhibits.

You can enjoy the three acre park at your own pace.  Stop and read the historical timeline etched in the pavers or the signs posted on the 1940s era street lights.  View the colorful tiles in the pavement that are reproductions of recruitment posters urging women to take wartime jobs. Listen to the cell phone audio tour and hear directly about the "Rosie’s" who worked at Douglas Aircraft or enjoy music from the 1940's. Look for the audio tour symbol and phone number on signs throughout the park.  Find your position at the "compass rose." Sit and view the military memorial, All Gave Some, Some Gave All, and surrounding garden and reflect upon the great sacrifice of the men and women who served our nation.

Visit our website at www.lbrosie.com. You’ll find more information about this period of Long Beach history, including resources for teachers and opportunities for you to donate a commemorative plaque to honor someone important in your life. We hope you enjoy your visit. Please come back soon.

About the Hometown Heroes Project

The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation and Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske have partnered together to bring the Hometown Heroes Project to Long Beach.  This will be an ongoing project to display banners in and around the Rosie the Riveter Park to recognize military personnel from Long Beach. To qualify, honorees must meet the following requirements: Active duty military personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces AND Current Long Beach Resident; OR Immediate family member of current Long Beach resident.  Please visit www.lbhometownheroes.com to apply and purchase a banner for a loved one.

Hanging in the park are banners for each of Long Beach's fallen heroes.  To find out more about each hero, please dial (562) 257-3695 and press 23 #

About Wreaths Across America

This national project to makes certain that beginning the second Saturday of December, Christmas wreaths are placed on every grave site of those who served in the military and are buried at Arlington National Cemetery and 600 other locations.  This is now an annual ceremony at the Rosie the Riveter Park. The wreaths placed in Long Beach have been provided by this project.  For more information, visit www.wreathsaccrossamerica.org

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