Obama Signs Bill That Allows Ashes of Female World War II Pilots to be Place at Arlington Cemetary

Working tend graves at Arlington National Cemetery, Friday, April 15, 2011, in Arlington, Va.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Working tend graves at Arlington National Cemetery, Friday, April 15, 2011, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama has signed a bill into law that will again allow the ashes of female World War II pilots known as WASPs to be placed at Arlington National Cemetery.

The women served in a unit called Women Airforce Service Pilots. They flew noncombat missions to free male pilots for combat.

They were considered civilians during the war, but federal law since 1977 granted them veteran status. They had been eligible since 2002 to have their ashes placed at Arlington with military honours.

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SOURCE: Canadian Press