WWII Army veteran, 103, pre­sented with Ham­burg High School diploma

Ham­burg stu­dents from Aerial Bound­aries per­formed dur­ing cer­e­mony

The Hamburg Area Item - - Front Page - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@ 21st- cen­tu­ry­media. com @ ham­bur­gitem on Twit­ter

Lester Hart­man, 103, of Wy­omiss­ing, re­ceived his high school diploma on Sept. 22 from his alma mater, Ham­burg Area High School. Hart­man was un­able to fin­ish high school dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion.

A small group of Ham­burg Area High School stu­dents ac­com­pa­nied Ham­burg Area High School Prin­ci­pal Christo­pher Spohn on a trip to The High­lands in Wy­omiss­ing. Singers per­formed the alma mater and other se­lec­tions dur­ing the spe­cial cer­e­mony hon­or­ing Hart­man who re­ceived an hon­orary Ham­burg High School Diploma.

Eight stu­dents from Aerial Bound­aries, which is an au­di­tioned group of singers, par­tic­i­pated in the cer­e­mony.

“Their role was to give the gift of singing as part of the cer­e­mony,” said Ham­burg mu­sic teacher Sara Jackson. “Our singers stood di­rectly in front of Lester, his sis­ter Alma, and his girl­friend of 19 years, Peggy. An inti- mate con­cert and cer­e­mony.”

Jackson said the Aerial Bound­aries stu­dents per­formed the “Ham­burg Alma Mater” be­cause it was a mini grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony, “The Cais­son Song” ( Army Song) be­cause Lester served in the Army, and “Don’t Sit Un­der the Ap­ple Tree” which is a love song made pop­u­lar dur­ing WWII.

“I be­lieve Lester felt im­por­tant, val­ued, and re­spected for his strong work ethic and ded­i­ca­tion to his fam­ily and our coun­try,” said Jackson.

Ham­burg se­nior Richard Grif­fin, who at­tended that day, said, “The awards cer­e­mony was so sweet, and I think I’ll re­mem­ber it for- ever. Giv­ing some­thing so im­por­tant to some­one, and mak­ing that ex­pe­ri­ence im­pact them makes me feel like I re­ally made a dif­fer­ence.”

Eileen Deise­mann, also a Ham­burg se­nior, said, “This ex­pe­ri­ence bet­tered my­self as well as ev­ery­one else be­cause it demon­strated that sac­ri­fice can still lead to re­ward. I am filled with over­whelm­ing joy for Lester and this amaz­ing ac­com­plish­ment of his.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - MARY- EL­IZ­A­BETH ESHBACH

Lester Hart­man, 103, of Wy­omiss­ing, seated, re­ceived his high school diploma Sept. 22from his alma mater, Ham­burg High School. Hart­man was un­able to fin­ish high school dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion.

Ham­burg Area High School Aerial Bound­aries stu­dents, Ham­burg mu­sic teacher Sara Jackson and Ham­burg Area High School Prin­ci­pal Christo­pher Spohn vis­ited The High­lands in Wy­omiss­ing dur­ing a spe­cial cer­e­mony hon­or­ing 103- yearold Lester Hart­man who re­ceived an hon­orary Ham­burg High School diploma. Hart­man was ac­com­pa­nied by his sis­ter Alma, and his girl­friend of 19years, Peggy, as well as other fam­ily mem­bers.

Ham­burg Area High School’s Aerial Bound­aries stu­dents per­formed the “Ham­burg Alma Mater” be­cause it was a mini grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony, “The Cais­son Song” ( Army Song) be­cause Lester served in the Army, and “Don’t Sit Un­der the Ap­ple Tree” which is a love song made pop­u­lar dur­ing WWII.

Lester Hart­man, 103, of Wy­omiss­ing, dur­ing the cer­e­mony on Sept. 22when he re­ceived his diploma from Ham­burg Area High School.

Ham­burg Area High School stu­dents part of Aerial Bound­aries per­form at The High­lands in Wy­omiss­ing.

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