Regarding Petula Dvorak’s March 15 Metro column, “A family goes to battle for an Arlington burial”:
Bravo to the relatives of Elaine Danforth Harmon, a second lieutenant for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II. As a veteran, I find it disgraceful that women who served their country with courage are not being properly honored in death. It took 34 years for Congress to formally recognize WASPs as service members, which happened in 1977, and then another 32 years for the WASPs to be awarded the much-deserved Congressional Gold Medal.
Approximately 1,100 WASP pilots flew 60 million miles for their country. These women helped test-fly repaired aircraft, trained male pilots and towed targets at which other pilots practiced firing live ammunition. They deserve to be laid to rest in one of our nation’s most prominent cemeteries with their fellow patriots.
Yes, there’s the argument that Arlington National Cemetery is running out of space, but the eligibility requirements need more scrutiny. The American Association of University Women strongly supports the reinstatement of these service women’s right to have their ashes laid to rest there . As Ms. Dvorak said, it is “moral. And just. And right.”
Linda D. Hallman, Washington
The writer is chief executive of the American Association of University Women.