Veterans awarded diplomas years after dropping out

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – A high school in northeastern Pennsylvania has granted diplomas to 27 veterans decades after many dropped out to fight for their country.

Eighty-seven-year-old Louis Lanzo and 102-year-old Arthur Pesotine were among those who received diplomas from West Scranton High School.

Friday’s ceremony took place on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The Times-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1kMyfpZ ) students wanted to honor the troops who inspired for the school mascot.

West Scranton’s teams are known as the Invaders, a nickname chosen shortly after the Allies stormed the beaches of France in 1944.

A state program called Operation Recognition allows school districts to grant diplomas to any honorably discharged veteran who served in World War II, Korea or Vietnam.

Some sheepskins were awarded posthumously on Friday.

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