Friday, May 11, 2018

Everlasting Tree Donates Ceremonial Urn Cover to Honor WASP

This WASP ceremonial urn cover was designed and created by Idaho artist, John Sword. John donated this urn in honor of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), to be used for inurnment ceremonies for these trailblazing women who flew for the Army Air Forces during WWII.

Sand from Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, is incorporated into the base of the urn to symbolize where they trained. The leaves on the lid were replicated in bronze from a leaf collected at Arlington National Cemetery. They were cast at Valley Bronze in Joseph, Oregon. Valley Bronze provided the bronze work for the World War II Memorial and the frames that hold the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights in Washington DC. The pens are handmade from the same tree as the urn by female volunteers at Woodcraft Boise and donated along with the urn. 

To make arrangements to use the urn contact Erin Miller at or the National WASP WWII Museum at

John became acquainted with this organization in 2016 when he learned about the Harmon family’s efforts to obtain permission for her to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery on a national news report. He subsequently donated an urn for the inurnment of WASP Pilot Elaine Harmon in a special ceremony on September 7, 2017. See more about this story here.