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05/19/05

Graduation Ceremonies to Be Shown Live in Iraq

For the first time ever in the Coastal Empire, high school graduations will be broadcast live to Iraq for military parents whose sons or daughters are graduating.

Many of the students' parents deployed with the Third Infantry Division will still get the chance to see their children graduate. Preparations are underway at Olvey Field in Hinesville. Three 30-foot screens will broadcast the ceremonies in real time in Iraq.

Soldiers will see the seniors from Liberty County High School and Bradwell Institute.

"Even if it was just one student, I think it's important for the morale of all the soldiers to get the opportunity to see a graduating class go though something in real time," said Lt. Col. Ronald Whetstone of the Third Infantry Division.

The graduation ceremonies take place this Saturday. Liberty County will be at 8:30am, and Bradwell Institute at 8pm.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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