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99-year-old Ludlow veteran receives high school diploma

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LUDLOW, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A 99-year-old veteran never got his high school diploma, until Thursday night. 

The Ludlow High School graduation ceremony was held at the Mullins Center at UMass Amherst like it is every year.

But this year's ceremony was unique.

Charlie Santos told us he dropped out of school when he was 18 to go to work and help his family.
 
He said his mother needed help with his six younger sisters after his father died unexpectedly. 

Charlie then entered World War II in the Army years later where he was injured and received a purple heart.

Ludlow High School honored Charlie Thursday night and finally giving him his diploma he so deserves. 

"I'm just happy to be here. That's all," said Santos. 

Charlie said he is so thankful for everyone's support and he participated in the Memorial Day parade in Ludlow.

Charlie will turn 100 this September.

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