The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor that Congress may bestow on civilians, at a gala ceremony in the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C., March 10, 2010. More than 200 of the surviving WASPs, many wearing their World War II uniforms, attended the event in person. The WASPs were recognized for their trailblazing contributions during World War II when they flew military aircraft in non-combat roles to free up male pilots for combat. Here, Betty Wall Strohfus, a WASP from Minnesota, displays her copy of the Congressional Gold Medal after the award ceremony.
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