U.S. President Barack Obama meets with the oldest living veteran, 110-year-old Emma Didlake, in the Oval Office of the White House on July 17, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
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July 18, 2015 9:27 AM EDT

President Obama met on Friday with Emma Didlake—who, at 110, is America’s oldest living veteran.

Didlake joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps at 38 in 1943, and served in the U.S. as a driver; she went on to work with the NAACP, including marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963.

“It’s a great reminder of not only the sacrifices that the Greatest Generation made on our behalf,” Obama said on Friday, “but also the kind of trailblazing that our women veterans made, African-American veterans who helped to integrate our Armed Services.”

Obama posted a photograph of his meeting with Didlake to his Twitter feed:

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