Tue, Jul 04, 2006
The Highground Can Use Your help
By ANN Contributor Rose Dorcey
During World War II, over 1,000 females served as Women Air
Force Service Pilots (WASP's). These dynamic women tested aircraft,
trained male pilots, and ferried aircraft. After the war, the Air
Force sent the women home, denying military careers and benefits.
In the late '70s, the women finally received veteran status.
One of the surviving WASPs, Dorothy Swain Lewis, a talented
artist, created a WASP tribute, in the form of a bronze sculpture.
The statue is currently on display in the Highground's gift shop.
By the end of July, it will find its permanent home - on a bluff
that overlooks miles of trees, hills, and valleys.
The sculpture will be dedicated at The Highground Veterans
Memorial Park in Neillsville, WI on July 31 at 1:00 pm. Event
organizers keenly planned the ceremony the day after EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh ends. The surviving members of the WASP hold their annual
reunion in Oshkosh. Neillsville is just a three-hour drive
The Highground relies on donors to honor "human courage and
sacrifice wherever it is displayed, without either denying or
glorifying the pain and suffering of war or of life".
Donations are tax deductible; The Highground is a 501(c)
organization. Information on how to donate to the WASP tribute is
available at the FMI link below.
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