Memorial Day is one to give extra thanks to the veterans who served our country. And one Brewster, Minnesota, vet is extra thankful for an educational opportunity many take for granted.
These days Raymond Wolff and his dog, Tishy, spend their days watching the days pass by. Wolf's golden years are much different than his time as a teenager.
"Well I know I went through some pretty tough times in my day; that's for sure" Wolff said.
Wolff came of age during the "Dirty 30s," forcing him to quit school and help his father on the farm. When the 1940s rolled around, he was drafted and headed overseas to fight World War II. But he never forgot about that high school diploma.
"It's just something nice to have," Wolff said.
So when he was offered the chance to finally receive that diploma, Wolff was more than willing.
"I said, better late than never," Wolff said.
Now at 92-years old, Wolff is finally a high school graduate. Earlier this month, he was given the opportunity to earn an honorary high school diploma from Round Lake-Brewster High School alongside his great-grandson, Brady Meyer.
"You know, when you can do it with your great grandson it's pretty darn nice," Wolff said.
Wolff now sits with Tishy admiring his hard work and numerous achievements with his latest accomplishment being no exception.
"Well I think we'll make it, huh Tishy? We don't know how long but we hope we'll make it," Wolff said.
While other high school graduates are holding down summer jobs and looking forward to college, Wolff plans to keep up his lawn and watch the Minnesota Twins games on TV.