She’s also planning to visit the memorial of her other favorite president, Franklin D.
Emma Didlake of Detroit, 110, met briefly with President Barack Obama, 53, in the Oval Office.
Didlake’s trip is organized by Talons Out Honor Flight, the Michigan chapter of a national nonprofit that provides free, one-day trips for veterans to visit Washington’s monuments.
But Friday, Emma Didlake added something new to her list: meeting the president. After she left the service, she and her family moved to Detroit. In 1963, she marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “She said that’s not happening”. Allen Bergeron, chairman of Honor Flight Austin, said the national network hasn’t found an older veteran.
A resident of Detroit, Didlake is believed to be the nation’s oldest veteran. As we can see from the above video, Didlake looked wonderful as she enjoyed her time at the White House. A retired nurse has volunteered to accompany her as a precaution.
The San Antonio Express-News reports that the grandmother of eight and great-great-grandmother of six live alone in an apartment and gets around with a walker.
Didlake, known to her family as “Big Mama”, was aged 38 and had five children when she “wanted to do something different” and signed up for the WAAC in 1943, her granddaughter, Horne, told The Associated Press.
Though her eyesight is failing and hearing is going, she still has a sense of humor.
Didlake “was a Private during the course of her service and her decorations include the Women’s Army Corps Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal”, the White House said in a statement.