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Charles Fultz, left, delivers his graduation speech and thanks students and staff Friday at Tuscarora Junior High School for performing the presentation event before turning his tassel to the other side as teacher Wendy Ehrenzeller holds the microphone after presenting Fultz with his diploma Fultz, was presented with his diploma after leaving school in 11th grade to join the military.

MIFFLINTOWN — On Friday, Tuscarora Junior High School held a graduation ceremony for Charles Fultz to present him with a diploma 76 years after he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was unable to graduate with his peers.

The assembly began with Juniata County School District Superintendent Gary Dawson welcoming students, staff and community members to the event before inviting TJHS teacher Dr. Joshua Imes to take speak at the microphone.

Imes began by acknowledging that 76 years ago, Charles Fultz was in the 11th grade in the same building then called Juniata Joint High School.

“Days after turning 17, Mr. Fultz enlisted in the military and served until he was honorably discharged,” Imes said. “In doing so, he unfortunately missed the opportunity to graduate from high school. This sacrifice was not new to this generation of Americans. The common denominator of this generation was precisely that, sacrifice.

Fultz said he was honorably discharged in January 1953, after serving for six years, and was about to re-enlist when a woman offered him a job at Standard Steel which he accepted. .

In the 1940s, for the second time in less than 40 years, the United States was embroiled in a world war that was taking place overseas. This war caused America to make many sacrifices at home.

“There were shortages of sugar, meat, tires, coal and milk,” Imes said. “It was hard to find the simplest things like firewood, butter, paper and metal. There were only certain days when you were allowed to drive your car or truck. There were even days when you were discouraged from using electricity in general. There was a constant shortage of canned food, shoes, gasoline, oil and the list goes on.

According to Imes, millions of Americans have also sacrificed aspects of their personal lives, such as waiting to get married, waiting to have children, and taking a break before starting a new job. In Fultz’s case, he had to avoid graduating among his peers and receiving a degree to answer the call of a greater good and serve America abroad.

“Of the 1.25 million Pennsylvanians who served in World War II, nearly 33,000 died giving the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country,” Imes said.

He then broke down the different generations and named them for the students present before saying: “Americans born between the early 1900s and the ‘Great Depression’ era of the 1930s were considered ‘The Greatest Generation.’

Imes ended his speech by acknowledging that Fultz, like many of his generation, selflessly gave up his rights and freedoms so others could enjoy freedoms and freedoms and thanked him for his service.

After the speech, students lined up and took turns reading excerpts from “I am a veteran” written by Andrea Christensen Brett.

Following the reading, the TJHS grade 6 tape was performed “Heroes and Glory” written by James Swearingen, with Megan Carraher directing the students. After the band concluded this song, Wendy Ehrenzeller presented Fultz with her diploma. The room erupted in applause to congratulate Fultz.

While the students were fired, the band played again – this time playing “On the beaches of Normandy” by Tyler Grant.

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