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[Weekly Inspiration] Veterans Receive Their High School Diplomas

[Weekly Inspiration] Veterans Receive Their High School Diplomas

Veterans Day is on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Traditionally on this day, we remember the brave men and women who have served for our country. To celebrate our military veterans, let’s take a look at a special story from Riverside, California.

When Ruben Peters was 15, he found himself in the role of family provider and was forced to leave high school to become a long-haul truck drive. In 1943, at the age of 19, he joined the United States military as a motorcycle messenger for the 206th Combat Engineers. His service took him across the sea to Europe, eventually landing him on the beach of Normandy hours after the initial D-Day landing in 1944. In 2015, more than 70 years after his service, Corporal Peters earned his high school diploma at the age of 92 through a program called Operation Recognition. This annual event awards veterans who missed high school due to wartime service with honorary diplomas. Watch his touching story below.

Throughout his life, Peters often wondered how his life would have been different had he earned his high school diploma as a young man. Now that he has his diploma, Peters makes a point to reinforce the importance of education with his 17 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren.

Ruben Peters is a reminder to us all that no matter the circumstances, it’s never too late to accomplish your dreams. We honor and appreciate those who have fought for our country and our rights. We can never thank those brave service men and women enough for the sacrifices they have made for our country.

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Brita Hammer

Brita started with Edmentum in March 2018 and currently serves as a Marketing Associate. She is passionate about providing teachers resources to help their students achieve in and out of the classroom. Brita earned a B.S. in Marketing from North Dakota State University.