Ninety-seven year-old World War Two veteran Charles Leuzzi is celebrating the receipt of his honorary high school diploma, presented to him in Philadelphia, Sunday. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Charles Leuzzi has - at last - received his high school diploma. SOT: "Congratulations on joining the 2017 graduating class." The 97-year-old World War 2 veteran says it's a dream come true, having been drafted as a teenager and pulled out of school before he could finish.. (SOUNDBITE) VETERAN CHARLES LEUZZI, SAYING: "My father was only making 12-dollars a week and we couldn't live with that and I took the job." With two Purpled Hearts and four Bronze Star medals, the Philadelphia man can now add an honorary diploma to his collection... thanks to his family. (SOUNDBITE) LEUZZI'S DAUGHTER, BEVERLY PINTARELLI, SAYING: "He said to me, I never got my high school diploma is there something I can do? I said I'd look into it." Now, they're all looking AT it. (SOUNDBITE) VETERAN CHARLES LEUZZI, SAYING: "This is good I mean I finally done it. I had to wait a long time for it but I got it." And he's not stopping there. Leuzzi says he's now considering college.