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Lucy Coffey, oldest living female World War II veteran, comes to D.C. for honor flight visit

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The nation's oldest living female World War II veteran came to D.C. to visit the memorials and monuments and get a tour of the White House.

Lucy Coffey, oldest living female World War II veteran, is escorted around the World War II Memorial. (Photo: WJLA)
Lucy Coffey, oldest living female World War II veteran, headed to D.C. (Photo courtesy: San Antonio International Airport)

The 108-year-old woman, Lucy Coffey, flew first class from San Antonio to Washington on a trip arranged in part by an Honor Flight group in Texas.

Coffey, who was a sergeant in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, was awarded two bronze stars for her service in the Pacific.

Saturday, she visited the World War II Memorial and The Women In Military Service For America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery before heading to the White House.

Too frail to get around and barely able to speak, she finally made it to the memorial constructed because of her service to our country.

"She's a 108-years old. To put it in perspective, her father fought in the Civil War;" says Fletcher Gill, CEO of Luke's Wings, which is a group based in D.C. that works to "unite wounded warriors, veterans and heroes with their loved ones when they need them most."

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