Thursday, Dec 5, 2013
Elkville WWII Veteran Receives Honorary High School Diploma
ELKVILLE -- Elverado High School presented a once in a lifetime surprise Thursday night to a World War II veteran.
Ernest Fager, 91, walked into the high school with an 8th grade education and walked out with an honorary high school diploma.
His family kept the whole thing a surprise by telling him he was invited for a presentation about the food pantry where he volunteers.
"We're going to get some money or something or something for the food pantry... They lied to me," laughed Fager. "And then told me we was going to go out to eat then. Well that sounded good, so I did," he joked.
An act allows schools to honor veterans of foreign wars.
Fager served in the Pacific during the war and was awarded a purple heart. After the war he went into carpentry and never finished his education. However, Fager believes he learned a lot from life.
"Go to work if you ain't got an education, you're going to have to teach yourself," he advised. "I figure I made a pretty good success of myself."
Fager says he tried to get his GED four years ago but failed math because he couldn't figure out how to use the calculator.
News 3 congratulates Mr. Fager and thanks him for his service.
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