D-Day Vet Gets New Jersey High School Diploma
LINDEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A D-Day veteran who missed his high school graduation was among the graduates at a New Jersey high school.
Herman Zeitchik didn’t walk with his Linden High School class in 1944.
“Seventy-two years ago I was drafted into the Army and I missed my graduation,” Zeitchik said. “Now I am back at Linden High School feeling so blessed.”
The 90-year-old Silver Spring, Maryland, resident was at a Memorial Day event in Washington, D.C. where he met music teacher Matt Lorenzetti and told him about growing up in New Jersey, playing clarinet in the band and singing in the school choir.
Lorenzetti researched and found Zeitchik in old yearbooks, and the school invited him back to receive an honorary diploma during Friday’s ceremony.
“Who said you can never go home, I just did,” Zeitchik said. “You never know where life is going to take you.”
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories:
- Shooting At Brooklyn Lounge Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Others Hurt
- Man Charged In Brooklyn Rape That Left Woman With Lost Teeth
- Elderly Newark Woman Struck By Car During Police Chase, Hospitalized In Serious Condition
- NYPD’s Miller: Gunman In Killings Of Va. Reporter, Cameraman A ‘Classic Injustice Collector’
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)