Marine’s DEATH Influences NEW LAW ABOUT Wearing Uniform to GRADUATIONS

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One school’s decision to not allow graduate to wear Marine uniform prompted the state to pass a law, making sure it never happens again.  

NEW HAMPSHIRE:   In 2013, Brandon Garabrant graduated from high school one day after completing Marine Boot Camp – but he graduated in his cap and gown – the school refused to allow him to wear his Marine uniform to the graduation, a decision that caused a public outcry.  

(070314 Peterborough, NH) Members of U.S. Marine Corps carry Cpl. Brandon Garabrant's coffin after his funeral service at ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough, NH, Saturday, July 5, 2014. Garabrant died on June 20, 2014 in Afghanistan. (Photo by Chitose Suzuki)

(070314 Peterborough, NH) Members of U.S. Marine Corps carry Cpl. Brandon Garabrant’s coffin after his funeral service at ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough, NH, Saturday, July 5, 2014. Garabrant died on June 20, 2014 in Afghanistan. (Photo by Chitose Suzuki)

The following year, on June 20, Cpl. Brandon Garabrant, 19, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan while serving his country.   His funeral was held in the same high school where he had graduated the year before.   He has posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and promoted to corporal.

Now this month, almost three years later, the State of New Hampshire has passed a law – “Brandon’s Law” – which mandates that all service members have the right to wear their uniforms at their high school graduation.

Yesterday we reported about Megan Howerton, of Illinois, who was not permitted to walk with her high school graduating class because she wore her Marine uniform.

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