Veterans Day was November 11, and three veterans received their diplomas from Ashdown High School as part of a special ceremony held during the Ashdown Board Meeting.  

According to a press release, Superintendent Casey Nichols presented the diplomas to the well-deserving veterans as their family members watched.  The three men who left school in order to join the military and serve our country were Billy Wayne Adkison during the Korean War, William Booth, Jr. during Vietnam, and James Bradshaw served during the Korean War.  Mr. Adkison and Mr. Booth served in the Army and Mr. Bradshaw in the Air Force.

Superintendent Nichols said, “We are so blessed to be able to present these amazing veterans their well deserved Ashdown High School diplomas.  They left their families to serve our great country, we are so thankful for their service and we are so honored to be able to have them receive their diplomas.  This was a very moving ceremony and meant so much to our veterans and their families”

The veterans were able to receive their long-awaited diplomas due to a new Arkansas Department of Education Code.  Veterans who left high school before graduation to serve in World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, were honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States of America, be a resident of the State of Arkansas, and have served a minimum of eighteen (18) consecutive months’ active duty or been discharged with a service-connected disability were eligible.