PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — They left school to fight in a war and sadly, many of them never made it back in time to finish.

John, James and Moses Simmons were all in their 20’s when they returned from the war and were too old to re-enroll in school.

Thursday night they were posthumously awarded honorary high school diplomas by the Sto-Rox School District.

The diplomas were accepted by family members on their behalf.

Daughter of WWII Vet Marlene Banks was thrilled.

“I am so proud. We are grateful. This is the last piece of the puzzle, it fits,” Banks says.

“Our grandparents have to be smiling,” she says.

The event is part of “Operation Recognition,” which recognizes veterans for their sacrifice and service.

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