Video: Moment surprised 97-year-old World War II vet receives high school diploma


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Charles Leuzzi had to leave school in his junior year to fight in the war. Now, decades later a life long dream has finally come true.

In this image from video provided by WPVI, Charles Leuzzi, center, a 97-year-old World War II veteran, is congratulated by friends and relatives after receiving an honorary high school diploma from the School District of Philadelphia on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Philadelphia. (Photo: AP)

Philadelphia: A Philadelphia man has finally received his high school diploma — at 97 years old.

WPVI-TV reports Charles Leuzzi left high school in his junior year and fought in World War II. His heroism earned him two Purple Hearts and four Bronze Star medals.

On Sunday, the School District of Philadelphia gave him his honorary diploma.

Leuzzi says he had to wait a long time, but he finally did it.  His family surprised him with a party to celebrate the occasion.

When asked about going to college, Leuzzi says he might as well.

Watch the video here: