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Howard County Plans WWII Memorial Honoring Women

A real-life "Rosie the Riveter" operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, Tennessee, working on an A-31 Vengeance dive bomber. One of the statues at the Howard County memorial will feature Rosie the Riveter.

The Howard County War Veterans Memorial Corporation plans to build a women’s legacy memorial on the county’s courthouse square.

The memorial will celebrate women’s contributions to U.S. war efforts and will feature three statues, including one depicting Rosie the Riveter. It is believed to be the first memorial in the country to also honor the contributions of women to society in general, not just during wartime.

Howard County Veterans Memorial Corp. President Jerry Paul says he started drafting ideas for the memorial in 2013.

“It was an idea I had before we finished the Blue Star gold Star Memorial. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, so I designed it crudely, just the skills I had when it comes to putting stuff down on paper,” Paul says.

The project is estimated to cost $270,000 and be completed in four phases. The first two phases consist of molding and sculpting models comprised of clay.

The third phase includes landscaping and constructing the walls of the monument and the final phase would be casting the statues.

County commissioners still have to approve the project before it moves forward. Construction is expected to start next fall.

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