WWII veteran achieves high school diploma at 97
Ernie Reda, who fought in the invasion of Normandy, finally received his high school diploma from a school in Tacoma, Washington.
Ernie’s big day
Reda’s original plan was cut short after he was sent to boot camp at age 19. He is a part of what is called “Operation Recognition” in which service members who were unable to finish high school due to the draft could receive recognition.
The plan was set up by Reda’s granddaughter, Heather Anderson.
“Finally!” Reda said as friends and family gathered to watch him graduate.
Operation Recognition is a program put on by different local school systems. It is free to participate, and even deceased members of service may get an honorary diploma.
Some operations even give diplomas to victims of the Japanese internment camps. These camps were located in America during WWII and is a deplorable facet of history.
Photo credits: SBCEO Joshua Hoehne
Global Goodness also suggests:
Apple partners with Malala Yousafzai’s Malala Fund to help advance girls’ education
High-quality writing is very important to members of the Global Goodness team. But no one’s perfect, so we always use Antidote.
Encourage us if you like positive stories!