Op-Ed: Female WWII Pilots Deserve Full Recognition
For too long, a celebrated group of more than 1,000 women who served our country during World War II have been denied the acknowledgement they deserve at our nation’s most hallowed cemetery.
It’s time to right this wrong.
I have cosponsored the Women Airforce Service Pilot Arlington Inurnment Restoration Act (H.R. 4336), directing the Department of the Army to ensure cremated remains of women serving as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during WWII are eligible for burial in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. This bill not only pays rightful homage to our women fighters, but it recognizes the many servicewomen hailing from our very own state of Illinois.
So who are these women?