ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) - New York American Legion Riders Post 442 honored local war veteran Merv Stanton on Jan. 25, after his 68 year wait to receive his high school diploma.
Merv dropped out of high school and joined the Army serving in the Korean War and due to his services to our country he never received a high school diploma.
But thanks a to a program ran by the New York American Legion Riders Post 442, Stanton was able to finally receive what he had always been waiting for.
In attendance for this long-awaited emotional moment was the Elmira City School Superintendent Hillary J. Austin and Director of Administration Jake Sheehan.
Operation Recognition honors our Korean and Vietnam local war veterans with honorary high school diplomas to those veterans who dropped out of high school and joined the military.
The New York American Legion Riders Post 442 asks that if you know anyone who has served during these wars, please do not hesitate to ask them if they graduated from high school. Do not assume that they have, because it is not something that they freely admit and acts as a thorn in their side.