Grand Island Central Catholic awards diploma to WWII veteran

GICC Principal Jordan Engle presented a high school diploma to Lawrence Veed during a ceremony...
GICC Principal Jordan Engle presented a high school diploma to Lawrence Veed during a ceremony in Grand Island on Thursday.(Grand Island Central Catholic)
Published: Nov. 10, 2022 at 4:31 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Central Catholic handed over a high school diploma on Thursday to a World War Two veteran.

The State of Nebraska started ‘Operation Recognition’ to award vets with an honorary diploma since most WWII veterans didn’t graduate from high school.

Veteran Affair’s CLC Medical Director, Dr. Jennifer King, felt a ceremony and graduation would be fitting for veteran Lawrence Veed, who is currently in the Grand Island VA’s Rehabilitation Unit.

On Thursday, GICC Principal Jordan Engle presented a diploma to Veed just days before his 96th birthday.

GICC Principal Jordan Engle presented a high school diploma to Lawrence Veed during a ceremony...
GICC Principal Jordan Engle presented a high school diploma to Lawrence Veed during a ceremony in Grand Island on Thursday.(Grand Island Central Catholic)

“While most students earn their diplomas in the academic classroom, this diploma was earned in a classroom of life through service, sacrifice, and commitment to country,” Engle said.

Veed enlisted in the Army after two short months of attending high school in Hordville, NE, in the 1940s. He was stationed in the Philippines, eventually being honorably discharged.

Kind said once Veed realized he wouldn’t have to take any tests, he agreed to the commencement and celebration.

She said that’s when she called Jordan Engle at Central Catholic Schools to assist with the ceremony.

“Mr Engle immediately agreed and said he wanted to not only be a part of the ceremony, but also present Mr Veed with a real GICC diploma,” she added.

“The faith and dedication shown by our veterans deserves recognition of the highest regard, and this diploma is a small albeit meaningful way for us to say thank you to those willing to serve,” Engle added.

The ceremony took place in the VA’s Community Living Center Nov 10, with a graduation party that followed so other veterans in the unit would be able to celebrate.

Reminiscing about his time in the service, Veed said his favorite memory of being in the Army was seeing the Golden Gate Bridge for the 2nd time in his life, because it meant that he was coming home.

GICC Principal Jordan Engle presented a high school diploma to Lawrence Veed during a ceremony...
GICC Principal Jordan Engle presented a high school diploma to Lawrence Veed during a ceremony in Grand Island on Thursday.(Grand Island Central Catholic)