She served in World War II and has been alive since 1905. On Friday, she gets to meet the President of the United States.
Emma Didlake is 110. She's a veteran of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II and on Friday, she's being flown to Washington, DC to meet President Barack Obama.
Her trip was arranged by Talons Out Honor Flight, the southwest Michigan chapter of a national nonprofit network providing free trips for veterans to visit Washington's monuments and memorials.
Around 8:30 Friday morning, Didlake was loaded into a jet to fly to Washington for the whirlwind tour. We say whirlwind because she'll be back in metro Detroit by 8:00 p.m.! The 12 hour tour includes the meeting with President Obama, which he requested, in the Oval Office.
She joined at the age of 38 because she thought it would be interesting. She served seven months in the corps and believes that more should be done for our military members serving today.
"Since they will be required to do more, I think they should be given more," she told media members on Friday.
When she returns to Detroit, she'll be honored by members of the military.
Didlake only recently learned she's the United States' oldest veteran. That status is based on information gleaned by Honor Flight representatives nationwide.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.