The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Women at War - The Forgotten Heroes

Trinity Episcopal Church, Southport
Facebook Live @TrinitySouthportCT

Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport will hold a dramatic Facebook Live event honoring the role women played in World War I and World War II and highlighting how they are the forgotten heroes of the aptly named, “Greatest Generation”.

The special online service will take place:
Veteran’s Day, November 11th at 6:00 pm.

The 40-minute presentation will be broadcast on Trinity Episcopal Church’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/TrinitySouthportCT

The service will include tolling bells, wartime letters, period music, and prayers for peace. It is designed to coincide with Veteran’s Day, honored each year on November 11th, in recognition of the signing of the Armistice—the end of World War I—when all hostilities ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

The war efforts in every capacity that had previously been a man’s job. From farming to entertainment, to factory workers, truck drivers, and messengers, there was no task that women could not do. And yet, immediately after the wars, not only were the jobs of women handed back to the returning male workforce, but their vast and incredible contributions were overshadowed by the focus on battlefield exploits.

Attendees at Trinity’s special service will hear moving stories of women’s contributions in the armed forces, the aircraft industry, the munitions industry, and numerous other war-critical roles.

The importance of women workers in the war effort was represented by the U.S. government’s “Rosie the Riveter” propaganda campaign showing the strong, bandanna-clad female worker who became one of the most successful recruitment tools in American history, and the most iconic image of working women during World War II.