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Vietnam vet honored with high school diploma

By NATE ARTINO • Nov 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM

BELLEVUE — Bellevue City Schools administrators and school board members said they were honored to award a Redmen who served our country.

During Thursday’s board meeting, Thomas Gardner received his diploma from Bellevue High School. Gardner left the school early to serve in the Vietnam War. He was in the class of 1967.

Below is the proclamation that was read Thursday night:

Whereas, the board of education recognizes the service provided to the country and the individual sacrifices made by veterans of World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Conflict; and

Whereas, many veterans left high school in order to fight for their country, including Mr. Thomas Gardner; and

Whereas, the board wishes to recognize the efforts of Mr. Gardner who left high school during the Vietnam Conflict prior to graduation in order to join the war effort and fight for his country; and

Whereas, Mr. Gardner is eligible to receive his high school diploma by meeting the following criteria:

A) Mr. Gardner is a current resident of the state of Ohio.

B) Mr. Gardner left Bellevue High School prior to graduation in order to serve in the armed forces of the United States.

C) Mr. Gardner received an honorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States.

D) Mr. Gardner has not been granted a high school diploma under this provision of the law.

Now therefore, it is with tremendous gratitude that the Bellevue City School District is honored to award Vietnam veteran Thomas Gardner his diploma from Bellevue High School on this day, Nov. 16, 2017.

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