World War II veteran Joe Perricone, 95, and Korean War vet Bill William Arnold Craddock, 85, both walked in their high school graduation ceremonies on May 25. Both of them had to leave school halfway to join the military, but they walked across the stage for their graduation!
With a little determination and perseverance, there's nothing that you can't do, or hold you back, especially your age, and these two gentlemen are proof of that. According to CNN, two war veterans got to fulfill their lifelong dream of being high school graduates. World War II veteran Joe Perricone, 95, and Korean War vet Bill William Arnold Craddock, 85, both walked in their high school graduation ceremonies on May 25. Both of them had to leave school halfway to join the military, but they walked across the stage for their graduation and were very much a part of the class of 2019.
Joe Perricone was a student at Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida, before he was sent to serve in the US Army in World War II in 1943. He said he got his diploma back then but never got a chance to walk on the stage for a proper graduation. Nearly 70 years later, his grandson, Judge Thomas Palermo, worked with the school and arranged for his grandfather to walk with the class of 2019. Perricone was the first one across the stage where he was honored for his services towards the nation.
“Both had to leave high school early to enter the military. One served in World War II and the other in the Korean War -- but both walked across their high school stages to join the class of 2019...” https://t.co/TYQzjxT7u7— J Bernard Jones (@JBernardJones) May 27, 2019
Bill William Arnold Craddock joined the Air Force and left Volunteer High School in Church Hill, Tennessee when he was only 16-years-old. He never could graduate then, instead, he served in the Korean War. Like Perricone, Craddock too said that he did complete his GED but never got to walk in a graduation ceremony. "It means a lot to me... I'm tickled pink I went through this to get this," Craddock said.
"Study hard, be good, and learn all you can. Get the best education you can get."https://t.co/n6eNCVQkeF— Christina Cuesta Kline (@CuestaKline) May 26, 2019
Craddock had some advice he wanted to give to the class of 2019 and to those he would have walked with in 1953 if he hadn't been called to war: "Study hard, be good, and learn all you can. Get the best education you can get." Education is a privilege, but it makes you a better human being. Strive for excellence, and like Nelson Mandela once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Even in America, people are going to school regardless of age. What are you waiting for my brothers and sisters? https://t.co/0Z5PEJv22D— Comr. Gurgur Japheth (@gurgurjapheth) May 26, 2019
Several people took to social media platforms to congratulate the men for their effort and their hard work. On Reddit, a user named FAT_BELGIAN_BASTARD wrote: 90% of Americans graduate from high school (or get a GED) now. It's more of a participation trophy. In 1940 the high school graduation rate was about 25%, lower than the college graduation rate now. The BA/BS is the new high school diploma for many entry-level jobs these days...
Memorable Day: Two veterans of war graduated high school on Saturday; one at age 85 in Tennessee and the second age 95 in Florida https://t.co/dsuFfR7hTH— Brad Hughes (@GYMObrad) May 26, 2019
TangerineWaves added some humor to it: I thought my high school graduation ceremony was a complete waste of time. xD. Demderdemden said: Wow, they must have been in detention forever. Double secret probation maybe even. JasonsThoughts added: Clickbait article. One guy graduated high school in the 40s and the other left high school to join the military and later got a GED. But they never got to attend a graduation ceremony, which is what the article is really about.