Hundreds gathered Sunday in Minneapolis to pay tribute to Walter Mondale.  The late Minnesotan climbed to the pinnacle of U.S. politics as an influential senator and vice president.

Mondale’s memorial was held on the University of Minnesota campus, where he studied and later taught thousands of students at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Minnesota political lore and traditions ran deep throughout the ceremony, including a Gopher rouser send-off from the university’s marching band.

Governor Tim Walz says Fritz was a friend to all:

“Walter Mondale changed every person he came in contact with he changed the state he changed this nation and he changed this world all for the better.”

“Fritz was a national figure but at heart and everyone in this room knows he was always just a boy from southern Minnesota he embodied a sense of joy he lived his life every single day with that joy at the forefront.”