Women in Aviation International (WAI) members and friends will honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) by visiting their graves and leaving an appropriate decoration in the form of flowers or other remembrances. In its third year, the #HonorTheWASP program was originally envisioned to take place over the Memorial Day weekend each year. In an effort to allow participants to observe best social-distancing practices, WAI offers that large groups can be easily avoided by visiting gravesites over the next two weeks as opposed to just on Monday, May 25 th , Memorial Day.
More than one hundred WASP gravesites are decorated during Memorial Day weekend visits
The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were remembered and honored for their service this past Memorial Day weekend when gravesites were visited and decorated by Women in Aviation International (WAI) members and friends. Graves from Connecticut to California were decorated and photos and videos were posted and shared on social media tagged #HonorTheWASP. A contingent of WAI members and friends decorated a multitude of WASP graves at Arlington National Cemetery.
As the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) celebrated its 75 th Anniversary Homecoming at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, members of Women in Aviation International and others in the aviation community honored those pioneering World War II women who have passed by visiting and decorating their graves during Memorial Day weekend.
A contingent led by WAI Director of Communications Kelly Murphy decorated WASP graves in Arlington National Cemetery. A photo of each individual grave was then tweeted with the hashtag #HonoringTheWASP.
L-R: WASP Marty Wyall, Former F-16 pilot Heather Penny, WASP Shutsy Reynolds
The Commemorative Air Force has announced a program to honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots. The newest addition to the CAF national education outreach program is CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP, an initiative to bring the legacy of the WASP to a nationwide auidence.
The program is centered on a dynamic film to be created by award-winning Hemlock Films. It will combine historical footage, interviews with surviving WASP, and incredible flying scenes shot with the CAF's unparalleled collection...
Members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) may now be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery after President Barack Obama signed a law reinstating this right on March 20.
The WASP lost this right in 2015 when the Army reinterpreted existing law to exclude them. WASP Elaine Harmon’s family took up the fight to restore these rights for the WASP after Elaine died in 2015. Elaine had left behind a letter stating that it was her final wish to have her ashes placed in Arlington National Cemetery. Her family set up a Change.org petition that received more than 178,000...
To Live and Die a WASP , a new book by William M. Miller, shares the life stories of 38 female pilots from birth through their military flight training and on to their premature and tragic deaths. The women were all members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots and were killed in service.
A one-time historian for the Southern Oregon Historical Society, Miller is also the author of Eugene Ely, Daredevil Aviator. He is a former newspaper reporter and history columnist and lives in Shady Cove, Oregon.
The book is available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and other...
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