Pfc. Warren F. Richard never graduated high school because he spent time serving his country in the Army in World War II. However, on Nov. 7, Richard officially graduated from Grand Island at the young age of 92.
High School Principal Michael Lauria presented Richard with his diploma in front of other local veterans and officials who participated in the third annual Veteran’s Day Parade and Breakfast at the Middle and High Schools. Richard’s family surprised him by showing up to see him get his diploma.
Richard was part of Company B, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 11th Airborne Division. He served from 1945 to 1946. He was invited to participate in the June graduation ceremony to be honored with the graduating seniors, one of whom is his own grandson, Benjamin.
Above: From left, Sue Marston, School Board Vice President; Angelo Morinello, Army, Assemblyman; Warren Richard, Army; Mark Bruno, Army, consultant; Michael Lauria, High School Principal; and Dr. Brian Graham, Superintendent of Schools.