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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)

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.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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