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My grandmother, the WASP, and
Arlington National Cemetery
by Erin Miller
Foreword by Senator Martha McSally
My grandmother's request to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery was denied — the Army said no to the wrong family.
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.
Author of Final Flight Final Fight
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 grassroots, social media, and direct lobbying campaign to fight the decision. This campaign was a success.
Social Media and Traditional Media, A Powerful Combination
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 change.org/wasp, 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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