On March 27, 2017, Hall County School District held the second ceremony to recognize local veterans who did not receive a high school diploma because they left school prior to graduation to serve our country in World War II, Korea or Vietnam.
Superintendent Will Schofield, the Hall County Board of Education, and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal joined in celebrating this important event in the lives of these five local veterans by presenting them with official high school diplomas from the school they had left decades ago to serve in foreign wars:
- Larry Dean Martin–Johnson High School Diploma. He served in the United States Army in the Vietnam War
- Jimmy Arnold Thompson–East Hall High School Diploma. He served in the United States Navy in Vietnam
- James Curtis Reed–Johnson High School Diploma. He served in the United States Army in Vietnam
- Lee M Cain–North Hall High School Diploma. He served in the United States Army Air Corps in World War II
- Jerry Harold Peck–North Hall High School Diploma. He served in the Unites States Army in Vietnam.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, who suggested this special provision to the state legislature two years ago, paid special tribute to the sacrifice made by these five veterans in his keynote address:
“While their classmates and friends were back home graduating, they were serving their country in a very difficult and impossible land at a very difficult time in our country ,” Deal said of the four that fought in Vietnam. “The fifth veteran being recognized actually served in World War II. When you combine the tragic losses from World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, those represent what tens of thousands of young men and women who gave their lives for our country and for our fellow man. It’s hard to ever repay those kinds of sacrifice. So this is a very small token, but it’s an important one.”
Veterans HS Diploma Photo ID (L to R): Larry Martin, Lee Cain, Superintendent Will Schofield, Jerry Peck, Governor Nathan Deal, Jimmy Thompson (James Reed was unable to attend