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Final Flight
Final Fight

My grandmother, the WASP, and

Arlington National Cemetery

by Erin Miller

Foreword by Senator Martha McSally

Read the story behind the fight to ensure that my grandmother, Elaine Danforth Harmon, and the women of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, received equal recognition at Arlington National Cemetery.  
What Grandma Did
Written by Erin Miller
Illustrated by Randal Harmon

How much do you know about your grandmother? A girl learns about the Women Airforce Service Pilots - nicknamed the "WASP" - who flew during World War II. Grandma explains how she was one of the first women to fly for the United States Army. A story that teaches history, leadership, and courage through intergenerational learning. Written and illustrated by granddaughters of one of the true-life pilots who broke barriers for women in the United States armed forces.


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Author of Final Flight Final Fight and the children's book, What Grandma Did
Erin Miller is the proud granddaughter of Elaine Danforth Harmon, a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during WWII. Her grandmother’s last request was to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). After she died in April 2015, this request was denied by the US Army which runs ANC. Erin led a successful grassroots, social media, and direct lobbying campaign to fight the decision.
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Thanks to people out there like you, our story is a success. It all began with a simple Facebook post about my grandmother not being considered a veteran. Then my sisters and I created a petition at, which received over 178,000 signatures! Thanks to Twitter, I connected with Andrea McCarren of WUSA9 in Washington, DC who was the first reporter to cover our story on television.This led to international coverage by the Associated Press, which attracted interest from other media outlets and from Congress.
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