By Maggie Fusek
The Solano County Office of Education is participating in “Operation Recognition,” a program that grants retroactive high school diplomas to U.S. Veterans and Japanese-American citizens who were unable to finish high school due to wartime circumstances. Posthumous diplomas may also be granted to family members of deceased veterans, SCOE administrators said Monday in a news release.
During the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, thousands of young men and women left high school to serve in the United States Armed Forces. During World War II many Japanese-American citizens were interned in relocation camps in various locations across the United States. After these wars, many of these individuals were not able to finish high school and receive high school diplomas. Veterans and Japanese-American citizens now have the opportunity to be granted diplomas as a gesture of gratitude for the sacrifices they made, according to SCOE.