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Final Flight Final Fight: My grandmother, the WASP, and Arlington National Cemetery


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Final Flight, Final Fight is for anyone who needs to remember that if you stand up for what you know is right, you can make a difference.

The WASP were the first women who served as pilots for the United States Army; they paved the way for all the women that fly for us today. Despite faithful service to our country, Elaine Danforth Harmon – Erin’s grandmother – was denied burial at Arlington National Cemetery because of politics and injustice. I vaguely remember hearing about this story as it was going on around the presidential election in 2016. I didn’t stay caught up on it, but I knew from what little I heard that it was wrong for a woman who served this county faithfully to be denied burial in Arlington National Cemetery. I’m glad Erin took the time to chronicle not only her journey of fighting the injustice to the WASP, but for sharing her grandmother’s life and service with all of us. This is not just a history lesson from the past to the present, but a reminder that having a personal connection to a cause is just the light to the match. Once your eyes are opened by the light you see all the other women and their families that this injustice has affected. Erin and her family had a connection and the flame for this cause, but it was all the other WASP, their families, and all the people coming after them that kept them pushing forward through all the ups, downs, and long hours of changing the law for the history makers and changers.

This is not only an inspirational and historically rich book, but it’s well written and communicated. I don’t know the technical side to the law, but Erin is a lawyer and does a great job communicating legal terms and the ins and outs of government in a way that didn’t put me to sleep. This is a page turner that you will not regret picking up.

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Final Flight

About the author

Erin Miller is the granddaughter of WASP WWII pilot Elaine Harmon. Erin has a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, a Master's in international studies from the University of Leeds, and a B.A. in history from the University of California. She is a licensed attorney in Maryland. view profile

Published on February 26, 2019

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