Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Group again tries to set Rosie the Riveter record

Hundreds hoping to save Rosie the Riveter's plant in Michigan again try to set Guinness record
Posted on March 29, 2014 at 4:02 a.m.

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of women — 778 in all, according to organizers — hoped to set a new Guinness World Record for “The Most Rosie the Riveters in One Place” as part of efforts to save the Michigan plant where the real Rosie worked.

MLive reports ( organizers said hundreds of women showed up Saturday to an event in Ypsilanti Township dressed as the iconic World War II factory worker.

Last year, organizers of an effort to save portions of the historic Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter once worked failed to set the record. Save the Bomber Plant activists say 143 Rosies showed up last time but 778 showed up Saturday.

Organizers say they are confident they set the record but it will not be official until Guinness officials weigh in.

The record attempt is part of an ongoing effort to raise the millions necessary to save part of the former Willow Run bomber plant in Ypsilanti Township. The group said Friday it must raise $1.5 million in the next few weeks to prevent demolition.

Many mother-daughter pairs were in attendance Saturday.

Wendy Duprius, of Ypsilanti, brought along her daugheter, Bronte.

“It’s a mother/daughter bonding experience,” said Duprius, who also attended last year’s attempt.

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