Ed Baron still gets a little teary-eyed when he thinks about his recent high school graduation.
He has good reason.
Baron waited 75 years to get up on the stage and receive his diploma — a capstone accomplishment for a life that has spanned more than nine decades.
Baron, who turned 94 in March and lives with his wife, Josephine, in the Town of Big Flats, had to drop out of high school to help run his family farm after his mother died.
He later joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was wounded in combat in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
Thanks to New York state’s Operation Recognition program, Baron was finally able to achieve a goal he never thought was possible.
And he wasn’t the only one moved by the experience.