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After Dark in the Park

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(HawaiiNewsNow) - National Park Service Sponsors After Dark in the Park Series: "WASPs: The Forgotten Wings," Saturday, November 10, 6:30 - 8 pm, at Pearl Harbor. The National Park Service at WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument will take a closer look into an often overlooked contribution to WWII-the use of women pilots in WWII. Many people don't know of the 1,074 women who earned their wings, flying for the Army Air Force and becoming the first women ever to get behind the controls of American military aircraft to fly non-combat missions. Contributions made by Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) to the success of the war were unprecedented at a time when women were not considered equal. Author and historian Vera Williams will discuss her book WASPs:Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII to commemorate Veteran's Day 2012. Williams interviewed over 200 WASPs to shed a light on this subject and to share the heroic and often untold stories and sacrifices these women made in the name of freedom. This is sure to be an enlightening discussion about multiple perspectives of history and honoring those who served our country but were "forgotten wings" after the war ended. Vera Williams is the daughter of a WWII Army Air Corps veteran and the sacrifices of her mother as a military wife has been deeply influential. She earned her degree from UCLA and has gone on to produce award winning educational films. She has written two other books about women in the military. Williams lives on the North Shore of Oahu.

This event is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, please RSVP to Amanda Carona at 808-423-7300 ext 7048.

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