World War II veteran receives his diploma through Operation Recognition

Hemet resident Eliodoro “Lolo” Gonzalez, Army veteran of World War II, will receive his high school diploma through the Operation Recognition Program. Valley News/Courtesy photo
RIVERSIDE – At the age of 95, World War II Army veteran Eliodoro “Lolo” Gonzalez of Hemet received something he never thought he could achieve – a high school diploma.The Operation Recognition Program awards diplomas as a joint effort of the Riverside County Board of Education, the Riverside County Office of Education, and the Riverside County Department of Veterans’ Services. Since its inception in 2007, 362 diplomas have been presented to residents of Riverside County who missed completing high school due to military service in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War or due to internment in World War II Japanese American relocation camps.Gonzalez is one of 11 veterans who received their diploma ahead of Veterans Day – along with congratulatory commendations
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