The #HonortheWASP Project Decorates Memorials Across the U.S.

Women in Aviation International, and family and friends of the World War II pilots honored them for their service alongside their fellow military aviators.

The #HonortheWASP project promoted by Women in Aviation took place all over the U.S. this weekend in remembrance for Memorial Day. [Photo: Julie Boatman]

Across the U.S. this weekend—in concert with Memorial Day, members of Women in Aviation International and friends have taken the opportunity to remember the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) that flew for the colors in World War II.

While they weren’t recognized as military veterans until 1977, women pilots have long held the WASP as heroes, mentors, and friends. Since most have now flown west—passed away, in aviation parlance—those pilots honor their kindred spirits by attending to the graves of the WASP no longer with us on Memorial Day.

From a WAI statement, the mission is made clear: to visit the graves and leave flowers or other “appropriate remembrances.” 

Now in its fifth year, the #HonorTheWASP program has adjusted slightly to suit the times. It was originally envisioned to take place over the Memorial Day weekend each year, but large groups went in advance of the holiday weekend to help people avoid crowds if they could.

Several WAI members tweeted with their tributes to the WASP.

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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