WASHINGTON D.C. - Among all the veterans on the 34th Never Forgotten Honor Flight, one stood out from the rest.
"Everybody seems to come up to me and says 'Are you the only woman on the flight? Oh my gosh, it is you,'" said Leesa Roth.
Roth is a bit of a rarity.
"You were either supposed to be a teacher or [a] stay at home mom," said Roth.
But, during Vietnam, she chose a different path.
"Being the kind of rebel redhead I was, I decided… I can do anything guys can do. So, I joined the service," said Roth.
Roth served as an emergency room medic at a base in Massachusetts, but she says opportunities were pretty rare.
"Women were not respected in the military at all," said Roth. "We were not treated equally."
Roth initially didn't feel proud of her service and signed up for the program in her husband's honor. He served in the Korean War, but died before he could go on a flight of his own.
"My daughter said, 'No, Mom, it's for your honor,'" said Roth. "So in retrospect, I felt very comfortable doing this because I never thought of it that way. [Like] I should feel honored that I did do four years to serve my country."
Despite being a self-described "strange entity" on the Honor Flight, Roth fit right in with her fellow veterans.
"It's an honor to do this and it's been very heartwarming," said Roth.
It's also an experience she believes eventually more women will be able to take part in, now that they have more opportunity to stand out.
"If you're a woman you want to be a pilot in the Air Force, in the Navy, or go boots on the ground, you've got the opportunity," said Roth. "And thank God that has changed."