Ernst Holds Bipartisan Press Conference to Call for Reinstatement of Inurnment Rights for Women Airforce Service Pilots at Arlington National Cemetery
“The Pentagon should do the right thing and join us in honoring these women, and restore their right to have their ashes placed at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors”
Mar 16 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today held a bipartisan, bicameral press conference, along with U.S. Representatives Martha McSally (R-AZ), Susan Davis (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), along with other members of Congress, to call on the Army to reinstate the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). A recent policy change made by the Army now prevents WASPs, who flew domestic military missions during World War II, from being inurned at ANC. The lawmakers were also joined by family members of Elaine Harmon, a former WASP who has been denied inurnment at ANC, as well as a representative from Change.org.
The press conference follows the Iowa Senator’s introduction of bipartisan legislation to reinstate these inurnment rights.
Click here or the image below to watch the video. Senator Ernst’s remarks begin at the 2:45 mark.