LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WDRB) -- After more than 70 years of waiting, a World War II veteran from Indiana finally receives his high school diploma.

Friends and family of  91-year old Russell Snyder gathered to see the proud veteran receive his certificate of graduation in LaFayette. Snyder left high school to help take care of his family during the great depression, but was drafted into the United States air force after being just a few credits shy completing his education.

Snyder's sons worked with Indiana State Senator Ron Alting and the Indiana Department of Education to make their father's dream come true. "He left and went to serve his county, and came back and had a family of his own. So he's made several sacrifices. One for the family and one for his county," Alting Said. 

It took about a year to get the certificate. But after so long, Russell says it was worth the wait, "I've always wanted one, and I finally got it."
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