President Obama signed legislation allowing the burial of Womens Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) at Arlington National Cemetery, a movement supported by Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and the late Faribault icon Elizabeth Strohfus.

Strohfus, who died in March at the age of 96, served during World War II as a bomber co-pilot to ferry planes and as a fighter pilot to help train the gunners who would go overseas to fight in foreign theaters.

Klobuchar met with Strohfus at Milestone Senior Living in Faribault in January to discuss the issue and the avenues available for securing the rights of those servicewomen to be buried there.

Art Roberts, Strohfus' son, said the legislation was the right thing to do, but the general recognition of the women has taken too long to arrive.

"I agree with it 100 percent. It’s as simple as that," said Roberts. "I think it was important for the ones who wanted to be buried there and they’ve been ignored for the better part of 70 years."

Following the bill passing the Senate, Klobuchar released a statement mentioning Strohfus and the efforts to open Arlington to WASPs again.

"I had the honor of getting to know one WASP, Betty Strohfus of Faribault, who passed away at the age of 96 earlier this year," said Klobuchar in the release. "While Betty wanted to be buried with her family, she stood up for her WASP sisters and fought for them to have the same rights as other veterans and to be given the option to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery."