WATERFORD, MI – County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will be among those expected to greet Emma Didlake, the oldest living U.S. military veteran, as she returns today from her Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
She will arrive at the main terminal of Oakland County International Airport (OCIA) at 7:30 p.m. following a day of touring monuments in the nation’s capital and meeting President Barack Obama.
“Oakland County is proud to salute Mrs. Didlake and her service to our country as she returns from her Honor Flight,” Patterson said. “She is a trailblazer who represents both the Greatest Generation and the civil rights movement. She is living history.”
There will be much fanfare for Didlake when she lands at OCIA which will include an honor guard and a water cannon salute from two airport fire trucks. OCIA is located at 6500 Highland Road in Waterford.
Didlake, a 110-year-old Oakland County resident, was a member of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II. She served stateside as a driver with the rank of private, according to media reports. After she was honorably discharged, she and her family moved to Detroit where she became active in the civil rights movement.
Talons Out Honor Flight of southwest Michigan is providing the free flight to and from Washington, D.C.