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Honoring WWII Women Pilots - March 2010

Click on a thumbnail to visit the page with a larger version of the photo and associated information of the ceremonies honoring the World War II women pilots (WASPs) . . . Another inspiring reminder of America's Greatest Generation!

Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, military members and guests salute a wreath and roses dedicated to the 38 out of 1,102 women pilots who died during service to their country during a ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., March 9, 2010. The ceremony was part of an event in which all pilots will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol. The women were civilian pilots and the first to fly military aircraft under the direction of U.S. forces. Fewer than 300 women are alive and more than half were expected to attend the events.Ola "Roxie" Rexroat and Maxine Flournoy, both former pilots who flew with the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II, meet during a reception to honor the 1,102 pilots at the Women in Military Service For America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., March 9, 2010.Jan Nicolai holds a photo of Helen Jo Anderson Severson, a deceased pilot from South Dakota who flew with the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II, during a wreath-laying and remembrance ceremony for all 1,102 pilots at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., March 9, 2010.Retired U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Vivien S. Crea speaks to former World War II women pilots who served with Women Airforce Service Pilots and guests at the wreath-laying and remembrance ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., March 9, 2010.Barbara Searles Squires, who flew with the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II, applauds comments during a wreath-laying and remembrance ceremony to honor the women pilots at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., March 9, 2010.
Josephine Swift talks to follow World War II women pilots who flew with the Women Airforce Service Pilots at a wreath-laying and remembrance ceremony to honor all 1,102 of them at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., March 9, 2010.Mary Burch Nirmaier, a former pilot who flew with the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II, listens to speakers during the wreath-laying and remembrance ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., March 9, 2010. Nirmaier was from Class 44-4.Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Linda McTague, the first woman to command an Air National Guard wing, speaks to World War II women pilots who flew with Women Airforce Service Pilots during a wreath-laying and remembrance ceremony to honor all 1,102 pilots at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., March 9, 2010.A color guard presents the flags during a wreath-laying and remembrance ceremony to honor all 1,102 women who flew with the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., March 9, 2010.Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Linda McTague, the first woman to command an Air National Guard wing, center, and Dawn Seymour, a World War II woman pilot who flew with Women Airforce Service Pilots, receive a wreath to honor all 1,102 of the women service pilots at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., March 9, 2010.
World War II pilots who flew with the Women Airforce Service Pilots and their relatives place roses next to a wreath to honor the 38 women pilots who died during service to their country at a remembrance ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlingoton, Va., March 9, 2010.Women who flew with Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II stand during the wreath-laying and remembrance ceremony in their honor at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., March 9, 2010. The ceremony was part of a two-day event in which all 1,102 women service pilots received the Congressional Gold Medal.World War II pilots who served with Women Airforce Service Pilots and relatives gather around the roses and wreath to honor the 38 women who died during service to their country during a remembrance ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., March 9, 2010.Deanie Parrish, a World War II Women Airforce Service Pilot and associate director of Wings Across America, accepts the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of her fellow WASPs at the U.S. Capitol, March 10, 2010. Presenting the medal are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; House Minority Leader John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.Betty Wall Strohfus, a Women Airforce Service Pilot from Minnesota, displays her copy of the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol, March 10, 2010.
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