LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Not long after 94-year-old Mary Pat Shely touched her Congressional Gold Medal, she was posing for pictures with not just family and friends, but also members of Congress.
“Pat Shely is the star of our area and we as neighbors are so glad and happy that she’s with us still,” said Shely’s neighbor Deborah Garrison.
Shely taught herself how to fly on a farm in Clark County. She joined the Civil Air Patrol when she was just a teenager during World War II.
Congressman Andy Barr backed up Congress’ 2014 promise to award World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol the Congressional Gold Medal.
“You are a testament to the greatest generation and I’m truly honored to be recognizing an American hero such as yourself,” Barr said during a ceremony at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky.