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Published March 28, 2013, 06:00 PM

As a military filmmaker comes to Fargo North, the school remembers one of their own

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A documentary filmmaker who has been interviewing thousands of veterans nation-wide and recording their war stories, today had a unique Fargo audience.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A documentary filmmaker who has been interviewing thousands of veterans nation-wide and recording their war stories, today had a unique Fargo audience.

It is fitting that Larry Cappetto chose Fargo North for his presentation today, the home of Michael Hermanson. Hermanson died while serving in Iraq, and today his parents, Lottie and Layne, were invited to hear about the special project: "Lest They Be Forgotten."

Hundreds of Fargo North students came to hear some first-hand accounts of war and service from veterans who have told the story to filmmaker Larry Cappetto.

But today, a special visit.

Larry Cappetto, Documentary Producer: “To have his family here today to me personally means a great deal.”

The parents of Michael Hermanson, a 2002 graduate of Fargo North came to be part of the listening audience, and also be honored. Michael was their son, their 21-year-old boy who made the biggest sacrifice of all for his country.

Layne Hermanson, Michael’s Dad: “I was thinking about that as they were walking in, he was one of you folks.”

The students thanked his parents for that.

Along with hundreds of students at North today, the Hermansons watched the stories, the World War Two interviews and talk of Normandy, reminded Michael's mother of the day she and Michael went to a movie.

Lottie Hermanson, Michael’s Mom: “My first recollection was watching Saving Private Ryan, together.”

After Cappetto's talk today, each student at North greeted and thanked the Hermansons and other veterans. This was Michael's school. A man close in age to these kids, a city and country he gave his life for.

Cappetto spoke at 4 high schools this week and Olivet Lutheran church.

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