PHOENIX (KSAZ) - For the 60th time here in Arizona, World War II veterans gathered at Phoenix Sky Harbor to get on their honor flight to Washington, D.C.
But this time is extra special because nine women, including Darlene, will be making the trip, as well.
"I never dreamed I could go on something like this when I was a teenager and sowed uniforms," she said. "Who would have thought I'd lived this long."
Darlene is part of the American Rosie the Riveter Association founded to honor the working women of World War II.
"I was just a teenager and you just go to work for the money that you can make and I never thought about being patriotic and looking back I can see that I was," she said.
The women, along with 26 vets, will be touring the nation's capitol while visiting the World War II memorial.
After this trip, the honor flights will be expanding the experience. Starting November 1, Korean War vets will be included, as well.