World War II veteran Emma Didlake, 110, will meet President Obama today after taking an Honor Flight provided by Delta Private Jets.
This is a special trip for “Miss Emma,” as she’s known by family and friends, as she’s the oldest World War II veteran in the United States.
The trip for Didlake, of Detroit, is being coordinated by the Talons Out Honor Flight group, a non-profit organization that honors World War II veterans with all-expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C.
“Delta Air Lines has long been an ardent supporter of our nation’s heroes, and Delta Private Jets is proud to be able to show our support and thank Miss Didlake for her service by flying her to our nation’s capital for such a special day,” said Delta Private Jets President Erik Snell.
During her trip, Didlake, who will be accompanied by her granddaughter, Marilyn Horne, will not only visit the President at the White House, but she will also tour the World War II Memorial, the memorial of her favorite President – Franklin D. Roosevelt – and the Women in Military Service Museum.
Didlake was born in 1906 and joined the Women’s Auxiliary Corps in 1943, where she served as a driver. She broke barriers not only for women but for African Americans as well, since both were segregated in the military at the time. After the war, Miss Emma joined the Detroit chapter of the NAACP, where she is now the longest-serving member.
Delta Private Jets, the third-largest private-jet operator in the U.S., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta. DPJ offers the industry’s only jet card that allows passengers to fly privately on its fleet of Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Embraer, Gulfstream and Hawker Beechcraft jets or commercially on Delta’s fleet. DPJ also offers charter, maintenance, repair and overhaul services and aircraft management.