Several roses will be planted in honor of the women who worked the homefront during WWII.

CALLAWAY — Next month, Bay County will take part in a national tribute to the women who served on the homefront during World War II a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Dedication.

At the dedication, set for 11 a.m.  May 1 at Veterans Park, 5916 Cherry St. in Callaway, several roses will be planted. Women who served during WWII, and the community at large, are invited.

Similar dedications are taking place in other congressional districts throughout the country, with several military advocacy groups having a hand in the Callaway event: the Spirit of ’45, the American Rosie the Riveter Association and Tyndall Air Force Association (AFA).

The national campaign aims to plant a garden in honor of women who worked in with aircraft and ammunition in factories and sold war bonds while men traveled abroad to fight Nazis. Some roses and a sign of Rosie the Riveter, a WWII-era mascot that encouraged women to help their country and is now a symbol of female empowerment, already have been planted at Veterans Park.

“Our organization, the Tyndall Air Force Association, we have undertaken the task of dedicating one in our district,” Tyndall AFA President Edward Hood said. “The ceremony is probably going to be about 30 to 45 minutes long. We’ll have a joint service Color Guard that will be there, all five branches. ... The Girl Scouts will plant the final roses.”

Hood said it’s important to recognize women’s contributions to WWII because they were crucial to America and its allies winning the global conflict.

“Without logistics, you don’t win wars,” Hood said. “And women, they filled many of those logistical positions when the men went off to war.”

Tyndall AFA is a local branch of the national Air Force Association, which lobbies and advocates for the Air Force. The civilian organization is not associated with Tyndall Air Force Base. For more information, contact Hood at recruiter@tyndallafa.org or 850-294-4053.