Join us to learn about the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII, Erin Miller’s grandmother Elaine Harmon, and the fight to honor her at Arlington National Cemetery, in Final Flight Final Fight.
When Arlington National Cemetery refused to accept her grandmother’s last request to be laid to rest there, Erin Miller refused to let her legacy as a veteran die along with her.
Her grandmother, Elaine Danforth Harmon, flew as a pilot with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II. Despite being part of the first group of women to fly for the United States Army, the WASP remained officially unrecognized as members of the military due to discriminatory thinking about gender on Capitol Hill and beyond.
Miller led her family’s campaign on behalf of her grandmother, and all the women of the WASP, across social media, traditional news outlets, and to Capitol Hill to fight for their equal recognition at one of the nation’s most well-known cemeteries. Her grandmother’s final fight came after her final flight – but Miller was honored to follow in her footsteps to ensure her legacy would not be forgotten.
Erin Miller is the granddaughter of WASP WWII pilot Elaine Danforth 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 (UK), and a B.A. in history from the University of California, San Diego. She is a licensed attorney in Maryland, where she lives with her two Shiba Inus.