Mon. Jan 25th, 2021

Mae Krier, 94, of Bristol Township, one of the original Rosie the Riveters, wears one of the face masks she has made during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s been almost 40 years since Mae Krier of Pennsylvania started her quest to have the women who worked on the homefront during World War II receive recognition for their immense contributions to the war effort.

Her never-give-up spirt paid off Thursday when the Senate unanimously approved that a Congressional Gold Medal be given “collectively” to “Rosie the Riveters” who made the planes, ships and other armaments during the war years in the early 1940s.

Now that it has passed both the House and Senate, the bill authorizing the Congressional Gold Medal will be sent to President Donald Trump for his signature. It stipulates that a single gold medal will be crafted and given to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. There it will be “available for display as appropriate and made available for research,” according to the

The medal has been awarded by Congress since the Revolutionary War years to individuals and institutions who make great contributions to the nation.

“Isn’t that great,” Krier, now 94, asked when reached by telephone about the news. “Both Senator (Bob) Casey and Congressman (Brian) Fitzpatrick called to congratulate me.”

Mae Krier, 94, of Levittown, one of the original Rosie the Riveters, wears one of the face masks she has made during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Krier said she didn’t realize she would “get her nerves up about it” when she heard the news, but she could feel the excitement as she sat with her great-granddaughter, Courtney Krier, at her home.    

“The ‘Rosies’ are among our nation’s greatest living heroines, and they deserve this long-overdue recognition for their tremendous service to our country,” said Casey.

Casey and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine ushered the medal crusade through the Senate, after it passed in the House last year, thanks in part to Fitzpatrick’s co-sponsorship with Congresswoman Jackie Spier, D-California, who introduced the legislation there. 

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