|The reproduction of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the WASP decorates the side of the float. The 38 stars around the medal salute the 38 WASP |
who lost their lives in service to their country.
The courageous women were not considered members of the military and received no recognition as veterans until 1977 when the WASP records were unsealed. According to Wikipedia, on July 1, 2009 President Barack Obama and the United States Congress awarded the WASP the Congressional Gold Medal. During the ceremony President Obama said, "The Women Air Force Service Pilots courageously answered their country's call in a time of need while blazing a trail for the brave women who have given and continue to give so much in service to this nation since. Every American should be grateful for their service, and I am honored to sign this bill to finally give them some of the hard-earned recognition they deserve."
|More than 15000 red Freedom roses decorate the length of the float.|
|The first issue of the Fifinella Gazette was published February 10, 1943. The female gremlin Fifinella was conceived by Roald Dahl and drawn by Walt Disney, |
and used as the official WASP mascot that appeared on their shoulder patches.
This post was previously published on The Girls Succeed blog. We salute the brave women of WASP who opened the skies to later generations of female pilots in the military.
Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day and take time to remember those who have fought for our freedom.
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We're kicking off the Summer Readers Circle Series this Friday, June 2. Tricia McGill takes her seat in the circle. Meet or re-acquaint yourself with this talented author and her books.
|Summer Readers Circle Series begins Friday, June 2.|
Please join us for lively discussions and win prizes and giveaways
every Friday this summer!