Not just a day off

Memorial Day is much more than just a long weekend Larrie Wanberg Feature Editor The day is indelible in my memory when, as a Boy Scout with a snare drum strapped to one leg and sounding the cadence, I lead of a hometown parade in 1944, marching just behind an aging four-member American Legion Honor Guard. The place was a rural ranching town in North Dakota – only five blocks wide with a Main Street nine blocks long that was filled with older Legion veterans marching to the drum beat. Behind the veterans were a few horse-drawn “floats” naming an organization (gas was rationed), a pre-war flatbed truck with a dozen beginning members of the school band and a long stream of youth carrying small American Flags, many on horseback that
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Larrie Wanberg

Larrie Wanberg, 1920–2021, contributed features to The Norwegian American for many years, drawing on eight decades of life experience highlighted by three career recognitions: as a researcher through a Fulbright Scholarship to Norway in 1957; as a health care provider in behavioral science through a 27-year military career and awarded upon retirement in 1981 the highest non-combat medal, the Legion of Merit medal; as an educator, through a 50-year career in college education, culminating in the 2010 Public Scholar award at the UND Center for Community Engagement. Wanberg passed away in May, 2021.

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