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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Fairfax schools may honor military enlistees

Lee Maring,18, a senior at South Lakes High School in Reston, has enlisted in the Army. Fairfax County's school board is deciding whether and how high school seniors who enlist in the military should be recognized at their graduation ceremonies. (Tracy A. Woodward - THE WASHINGTON POST)
In a region with a large military population, it’s almost surprising that Fairfax County is the first one to consider honoring its graduating seniors who are enlisting in the military. But this fine piece by The Washington Post’s Emma Brown reports that on Thursday night the Fairfax School Board will discuss publicly acknowledging those who volunteer to serve the country at their high school graduation ceremonies.

Brown reports that pacifists elsewhere have objected, but not here. Parents of enlistees are pushing for a recognition that those headed to college are not the only ones who deserve a nod at commencement. Eleven enlistees graduated from Robinson Secondary School last year, and there was no accepted process for acknowledging them.

“I feel remiss that we haven’t been doing it,” Robinson principal Dan Meier told Brown. “I commend these parents that brought it up.” He said no matter how the School Board rules tonight, Robinson’s enlistees will be applauded at graduation this spring.

Brown’s full story is here.

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Categories:  Fairfax County, Schools | Tags:  Military enlistees

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