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Illinois' 'Rosie the Riveter' celebrates her 100th birthday

Galesburg's own "Rosie the Riveter" celebrated her 100th birthday Friday with a parade of cars, cards and a big sign people sent her.
As troops went off to fight in World War II, Gertrude "Trudy" McCord stayed behind and worked to assemble B-24 bomber planes. (Image Courtesy: WCNC)

GALESBURG, Ill. (WCNC) — Galesburg's own "Rosie the Riveter" celebrated her 100th birthday Friday with a parade of cars, cards and a big sign people sent her.

As troops went off to fight in World War II, Gertrude "Trudy" McCord stayed behind and worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in California. McCord assembled B-24 bomber planes in California.

“She says she’s going to die when she’s 100,” her daughter, Lorraine Dundon said to News 8 in 2019.

“Then my daughters were like 'Well, we got to make this the best year of your life.'”

McCord celebrated her 100th birthday at Seminary Village in Galesburg.