Congress: Grant WWII Women Airforce Pilots Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery
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As the organization that represents all WASP, we are deeply saddened by the decision that overturned their hard-earned privilege to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. That’s why we’re asking you to sign this petition. Tell congress to act now to grant military burial honors to the WASP… before it’s too late.
Read the story of Elaine Danforth Harmon, whose granddaughter started this petition on Change.org. Elaine was one of the 1,074 brave women who joined the war effort by enlisting in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). These women pilots worked stateside ferrying planes, towing targets for gunnery training, and instructing male pilots. Thirty-eight of them died in service to their country.
In 1977, after decades of lobbying, the WASP were finally granted veteran status (they earned it in 1944) under Public Law 95-202. In 2002, the WASP were granted burial rights at Arlington National Cemetery and since that time numerous WASP have been buried or inurned there. Now the Department of the Army, that manages Arlington National Cemetery, says that despite their service these brave women don’t qualify for burial at Arlington. The best course of action is to urge Congress to change the law.
The National WASP WWII Museum seeks to educate and inspire all generations with the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)—the first women to fly American military aircraft—who forever changed the role of women in aviation! Our mission is to educate and inspire all generations (especially young people) with their stories of service and sacrifice and to share their testimonies. These women are the kind of role models who inspire everyone.
Please sign this petition to show your support for Elaine Harmon and for all of the WASP who deserve burial honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
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