Rep. Poliquin Votes to Restore Rights and Honors to Women Pilots of World War II
House passes bill to restore inurnment eligibility for WASP’s at Arlington National Cemetery
WASHINGTON – Today, Maine’s Second District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin voted in support of a bill that he cosponsored that would restore inurnment eligibility at Arlington National Cemetery for the women pilots that served during World War II. The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP’s) were denied the right to be buried at Arlington Cemetery in 2015. Congressman Poliquin has joined with a bipartisan and bicameral group in Congress to restore these pilots’ burial honors.
Congressman Poliquin released the following statement:
“It is unbelievable that the women pilots of World War II, who served our Nation and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, are denied the honor to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery,” said Congressman Poliquin. “Today, I am proud to vote for this important legislation so that these brave and pioneering women are afforded the honors that they undoubtedly deserve.”
Congressman Poliquin joins with Congresswoman Martha McSally (AZ-02), the sponsor of the WASP Inurnment Restoration Act, and Erin Miller, the granddaughter of World War II pilot Elaine Harmon, in a press conference in March 2016 to support WASP’s inurnment eligibility at Arlington National Cemetery.
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