Watch 89-Year-Old WWII Vet Finally Gets His High School Diploma and Graduation

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It was an event 71 years in the making, but Abner Simon got what he always wanted. Simon was a senior in high school when he got drafted into World War II at age 18. He was shipped off to boot camp before he could graduate and never got his high school diploma. The high school he attended in Texas wanted to make sure the 89-year-old didn't have to long for that experience any more. Simon was officially declared a high school graduate and received a diploma from Orangefield High School.