JEMEZ PUEBLO – Jemez Pueblo is having a special graduation ceremony to present honorary high school diplomas to the community’s few remaining World War II veterans.
Several veterans who were called to duty and were unable to complete their education upon returning home will be given diplomas during today’s event. Another three veterans will be recognized posthumously.
Pueblo Gov. Joshua Madalena said that the community is grateful to the veterans for their courage and service and that the diplomas are well-deserved.
Tribal officials say 53 men and two women from the pueblo were called to duty during World War II. U.S. military documents show that more than 44,000 American Indians served from 1941 to 1945 in Europe and the Pacific.