The Yolo County Office of Education celebrated Operation Recognition on Tuesday, awarding high school diplomas to veterans who failed to receive theirs because they were serving in the armed forces.
During the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, thousands of young men and women left high school early to join the military. The California Education Code authorizes a local educational agency to provide for retroactive granting of a high school diploma to a former student who is a veteran of World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War.
Honorary diplomas were presented to J.D. Nickell, a World War II veteran represented by his great-granddaughter Audra Goist, and Jack John Losoya, a Korean War veteran. Family, friends and community members were present for the celebration.
The ceremony opened with the Pledge of Allegiance by Woodland’s Boy Scout Troop 133. Losoya and Nickell also received proclamations from state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, commending them for their service and aspiration to receive high school diplomas.