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Students Get a Taste of WWII at Musselman High School

"It's our opportunity to teach and make our young people aware of the sacrifices they made. Whether they were in a real combat situation, or not they still had to leave home, go through training and it's time away from their families."

INWOOD, W.Va. - A long tradition continues at one Berkeley County high school with veterans visiting and sharing their stories.

On Wednesday students met a woman who claims to be a national icon who became a symbol for all women in our country during World War II.

Even though it's been more than 70 years the symbol of Rosie the Riveter stands the test of time. It inspired women throughout the country to work in factories while many men were fighting in World War II.

Jane Murphy Gasper claims she is the woman portrayed in the iconic picture. The portrait represents her strength working at the Fairchild Aircraft Company in Hagerstown during the war.  

"I really applied for a bookkeeper's job or a timekeeper. They employed too many time keepers and I got put on the line," said Jane Murphy Gasper.

Gasper along with other people who served our country from World War II to the Persian Gulf War came to Musselman High School. They spoke to students about their service during a special Take a Veteran to School day.

"It's the first time I attended one of these. I want to thank everybody," said Thomas Gasper, a WWII veteran. "This is a great time to come together. I had a chance to talk to some of the Vietnam veterans, some of the Air Force." 

"It's our opportunity to teach and make our young people aware of the sacrifices they made," said Barby Frankenberry, a library media specialist at Musselman High School. "Whether they were in a real combat situation, or not they still had to leave home, go through training and it's time away from their families." 

Today Jane lives in Martinsburg and is married again. She said it's heartwarming that students appreciate the role of Rosie the Riveter during World War II.

"I don't hear it too often but I enjoy being Rosie the Riveter," said Gasper.

"It's really just an honor to be in the presence of all these veterans, can't really put into words about how much they put into our country," said JD Wright, a 12th grader at Musselman High School. "I really appreciate what they have done for us."

"I feel really lucky and blessed to be in the presence of all these veterans, because what they did for us and our country," said Tianna Venable a 12th grader at Musselman High School. "They sacrificed their lives, so we can be free."

Thirty veterans from the Panhandle came to Musselman High School for the special day.

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