Almost 70 years after the Women Airforce Service Pilots were disbanded with little fanfare, they finally received the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony in the Capitol July 1st, 2009.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest award Congress can award to a civilian or group of civilians. Past honorees include the Navajo Code Talkers in 2000 and Tuskegee Airmen in 2006.
Each WASP received a smaller version of the medal to keep. The original medal will be donated to the Smithsonian Institution for display later this year with the “Women in Aviation” display at its Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.
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