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On Nov. 3, 2014, Marilee Lepell, a resident at Life Care Center of Valparaiso, Indiana, enjoyed watching her grandson graduate from the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois.


Lepell didn’t have to travel out of state, however – she was able to watch the ceremony live via a laptop her daughter brought in for the occasion. Lepell even put on a Navy cap and waved an American flag in pride as her grandson, Randall Ridge, graduated.


“I felt like such a proud grandma,” said Lepell. “I have always been proud of him, but this was extra-special and brought tears to my eyes.”


Ridge visited his grandmother several times before leaving for his post in late November.