Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veteran's Day

Today as we celebrate the men and women who have valiantly served this wonderful country, I wanted to highlight a particularly special group of veterans.

The Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPS as they were commonly called, were the first women in the United States who were trained to fly military aircraft.

During World War II, these brave women flew every type of aircraft that their male counterparts flew except for combat. They are true pioneers who were forgotten for many years and are recently receiving the recognition that they deserve. What a role model for women!

A few interesting facts about the WASPS:
* 25,000 applied, 1,830 were accepted into training and only 1,074 earned their silver wings and, together with 28 WAFS, became WASP.
* After they were disbanded in 1944, their records were sealed and marked 'classified' or 'secret' and stored in the archives for over 30 years.
* Historians had no access to the records and accomplishments of the, the WASP were left out of most official histories of WWII.

Poignant WASP quotes:
"You either had a chance of doing it or go home. Those who wanted transfers went home! We did what we were assigned to do...with no regrets!"
Ruth Thomason Florey, 43-w-4

"Help me remember, Lord, that nothing is going to happen today
that you and I can't handle together."
Sylvia Dahmes Clayton, 43-w-5

"Failure is not always failure. Sometimes, it's simply a change in direction. Count your many blessings, and move on!'
Deanie Bishop Parrish, 44-w-4

Happy Veteran's Day to the WASPS and all of the brave men and women who served our country.


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