Levittown resident Mae Krier recently was honored at an outdoor ceremony with the DAR Community Service Award from the Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution, or PSSDAR.
The award honors a person or organization that has contributed to the community in an outstanding manner through voluntary heroic, civic, benevolent service, or by organizing or participating in community activities.
Krier, 94, was recognized for her ongoing service to the U.S., which began at age 17 when she moved to Seattle to begin serving as a “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II, working in a Boeing factory to help make warplanes.
Since then, she has worked to have the “Rosies” recognized for their service, most recently lobbying for them to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. As the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to stay at home, she made and donated masks, many in the signature red-and-white polka dot material that symbolizes the head bandannas worn by the Rosies.
According to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey's office, President Donald Trump on Thursday signed the measure to recognize the Rosies with the honor.
The ceremony, held in Krier’s front yard, was attended by approximately 30 people, including PSSDAR officers from across the state, members of the local Washington Crossing DAR chapter, and several national and state legislators.
“Thank you for your service spanning more than 70 years,” said PSSDAR State Regent Elizabeth Watkins, who presented Krier with a pin, certificate and corsage.
PSSDAR State Community Service Chair Holly Hayick added, “The DAR Community Service Award allows us to honor and praise deserving volunteers in our communities. Today Pennsylvania State DAR is proud to give this award to Mae Krier.”
U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-1, Middletown, who co-sponsored the House Bill for the Congressional Medal, praised Krier as a “local treasure” and gave her an official U.S. House of Representatives certificate along with an American flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol. Fitzpatrick said he had personally helped to fold the flag.
Also attending and presenting certificates were State Sen. Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson and State Rep. Tina Davis. Casey, co-sponsor of the “Rosie” bill in the Senate, sent greetings in a formal letter.
All knew Krier because of her efforts to get recognition for the Rosies, which have included four trips to the Pentagon, three trips to the Capitol, and visits to various parts of the U.S. Hayick described the Rosies as iconic working and patriotic women, noting that they filled wartime positions that were traditionally held by men, forever changing the role of American women in the workplace.
“And now Mae continues in another capacity when our communities and nation face another battle, one against COVID-19,” said Hayick. “She has orchestrated the making of several thousand masks to fulfill this need. Thank you for all your hard work.”