Three weeks ago....the planning to get as many surviving WASP as possible to the ceremony [Women in Aviation, International appealed to its members to help send the Womens Air Force Service Pilots from WWII to Washington, D.C. March 10, where they will be accepting their Congressional Gold Medal at the Capitol. AirTran Airways (corporate member) stepped up with airfare for every WASP and a companion. And WAI members reached into their pockets to help with cash, too. [I myself contributed $30 via their website. Not much, but the very least I could do]]:
Speaker Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Republican Leader John Boehner, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and other Members of Congress hosted a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony today in the Capitol in honor of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II. This video is of the Speakers remarks.
(Well, it was posted by Nancy Pelosi's office, so it is mainly of Nancy Pelosi. Nevertheless.... )
The Women Airforce Service Pilots that served during World War II are set to receive a Congressional Gold Medal. Former WASP, Bernice "Bee" Haydu talks about her experience and meets with Holly Hutchinson, a modern-day female pilot:
Below, a two-minute clip of news coverage of a couple of local women receiving the medal: The recognition was a long time coming, but for Mildred Doyle and Suzanne Parish, the wait was worth it.
They and about 1000 other women were members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II. Now, they received the Congressional Gold Medal
Rep. Phil Hare speaks on the House floor to honor Moline native Geraldine Jordan who is posthumously receiving the Congressional Gold Medal for her role as a Womens Airforce Service Pilot during WWII.