My grandmother's sister Flora Belle Reece will be honored on New Years Day. She will ride atop the WASP's float in the Rose Parade. Our family is so excited and proud of her. My grandmother, who passed away 15 years ago this December, would be so proud of her. According to my Aunt Flora Belle, grandma was her "biggest supporter in what ever she did."
When she told her father, my great grandad, she wanted to be a pilot, he told her "That's not something women usually do, Flora Belle. But if you can figure out how, more power to you." Having the courage and spunk my aunt Flora Belle has, she figured out how and I am so proud of her. She is a woman of integrity and faith. I love her dearly.
She helped pave the way for Women's equality. She is one of my heroes.
She has had many interviews this month and one of them will air New Years Day on the nightly news with Brian Williams. Also, check out this awesome news article the LA Times wrote in honor of the Rose Parade float and featured my aunt along with a lovely video. You can find it Here.
When visiting my great aunt Flora Belle a couple years back, I was able to scan many of her WASP photos and i'm so excited to be able to share them with you.