Ceremony for WASP slated for Sunday

Tatiana Torres
Managing Editor

The National WASP WWII Museum invites the public to join them in honoring WASP Andrea Shaw 43-W-8 with a ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 11.
Peggy Ward, former roommate and friend of Shaw, will bring the cremains of Shaw to be scattered at Avenger Field, where Shaw trained to be a WASP.
"These ceremonies are very profound and moving experiences," said WASP Museum Executive Director Michael Ables.
Brian Brownlow will officiate the ceremony that will begin at 2 p.m. After the ceremony, Ward and Col. Sandy Opeka, USAF Ret. will travel to the taxiway with Ward's cremains. "It is Peggy's wish to feel what her friend felt at Avenger Field years ago. She wants to feel the wind as her friend had as a WASP," said Ables.
Ward will then scatter her friend's cremains at Avenger Field and lay a yellow rose — one of Shaw's favorites — on the field. After Shaw reaches her final resting place, the Dyess Air Force Base Honor Guard will perform military funeral honors.
"She's not the first WASP to have her remains scattered at Avenger Field and she won't be the last," said Ables. "I find it very moving that these women choose to be with their sisters at their final resting place."
Ward plans to donate several WASP artifacts that belonged to Shaw to the WASP Museum.
The ceremony is open to the public and water will be available inside the Hangar.