The news was announced Friday by the nonprofit Rosie the Riveter Trust, which co-hosted the rally with the city and the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park.
The trust wrote on its website (www.rosietheriveter.org) that "Rosies of all ages, many backgrounds and a few different home states flocked to the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in coveralls, work boots and spotted bandannas," the not-so-easily-assembled outfit required to qualify for the record attempt. Thrift stores and fabric shops in the area were quickly stripped clean of woman- and girl-sized coveralls by participants preparing outfits.
The actual turnout is estimated at 1,084 Rosies, easily breaking the mark of 776 set in March 2014 at the historic Willow Run bomber plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Participants are now eligible to order a certificate from Guinness showing they took part in the historic event, which is already facing an upcoming challenge. Participants may also want to hold on to their outfits for another record attempt.
In the "We Can Do It" spirit exemplified by the real Rosies who took defense jobs on the World War II home front, the gauntlet (or bandanna) thrown down in Richmond has been picked up in friendly competition by counterparts in Michigan.
As part of ongoing efforts led by the Yankee Air Museum in Michigan to save at least part of the Willow Run plant, an attempt to regain the record from Richmond is being planned for Oct. 24.
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