|Pattonville to award honorary diplomas to veterans|
|Monday, February 6, 2017|
For the 15th year in a row, Pattonville will reserve time during graduation ceremonies to award honorary high school diplomas to veterans who left high school before graduation to serve in the United States military during foreign conflicts. The ceremony will take place during the Pattonville High School commencement ceremony, slated for 7 p.m., Thursday, May 25 at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Since 2002, Pattonville has awarded more than 100 honorary diplomas to veterans of World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm through Missouri's "Operation Recognition" program. The program is open to any veteran who is a resident or former resident of Missouri. Family members may apply on behalf of a deceased veteran. An application to receive a diploma may be downloaded at www.psdr3.org/NewsInfo/pdf/VetDipAp17.pdf. The deadline to return applications to the Pattonville School District in order to participate in this year's graduation ceremony is Monday, March 6. Diplomas may also be sent directly to the veteran if the person chooses not to participate in the graduation ceremonies.
A copy of the veteran's honorable discharge papers or DD-214 is required to be submitted along with the application. The Missouri Veterans Commission will verify that an applicant is eligible to receive the diploma. For more information, call the Pattonville school-community relations office at (314) 213-8025.