93-year-old WWII veteran receives high school diploma

Sexton’s diploma was the result of a 2014 Alabama law

(WIAT) — A 93-year-old World War II veteran in Alabama achieved a life-long goal this week by marching in a high school graduation ceremony.

J.D. Sexton fought against German aggression in Europe and served in the military for more than three decades. But after all he accomplished, Sexton still yearned for something a lot of us might take for granted.

In honor of his upcoming birthday, the Army veteran’s wife secretly arranged for his dream to come true from his alma mater.

“It’s a wonderful thing to come up here and be with the people and to receive a diploma for high school education,” said Sexton. “I’m proud of the people who served our country, I’m also proud of the things I did.”

Sexton’s diploma was the result of a 2014 Alabama law granting high school diplomas to qualifying World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans.

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