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Columbia man is force behind embassy tribute to the spirit of 'Rosie'

Columbia man is force behind embassy tribute to the spirit of 'Rosie'

When 14 women were recognized last weekend in Washington for their role in the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War II, it was a ceremony initiated by Hugo Keesing, a Dutch-American and a Columbia resident. "Rosie the Riveter" was the nickname given to an estimated 8 million women who contributed to the wartime effort by working as riveters and in many other "masculine jobs" left vacant by men who had gone off to war. The ceremony on May 2 at the Netherlands Embassy to honor "Rosies" was scheduled to coincide with celebrations of the 70th anniversary of VE Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe on May 8, 1945. A longtime music...

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