Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and interment services for Mr. Darwin Derrick Zrubek. Mr. Zrubek served in the US Navy from 1988 to 1992. He was honorably discharged as a Petty Officer Third Class.
9:50 – 10:20 am – Staging
10:20 am – Briefing
10:30 am – Flag Line.
Wx: Abundant sunshine. High 79F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Notes: Maintain social distancing protocol. After the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and wait to join the LEO escorted procession to Granger Brethren Cemetery where we will form a second flag line for the interment service.
Ride Captain: Mark Wells, firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-470-0380
Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson
Please attend to honor this sailor’s service to our country..
It was a beautiful spring day for the seven patriots on hand to honor the US Navy service of Mr. Zrubek. We stood the flag line in front of the historic church and at attention as he was moved into the coach for the trip to the cemetery. We were moved when his wife spoke to us briefly.
On the short procession to the cemetery we were met by the sight of probably 100 Atmos Energy service trucks lining both sides of the road with Mr. Zrubek’s compatriots standing next to them, hard hats over their hearts. What a stirring testament to his 27 years with the company and the respect and admiration he earned there.
The graveside service was also one for the books, with traditional Czech musicians honoring him on euphonium, accordion, guitar, and an expertly played alphorn. (yes, had to look up the name of that). The accordion player also yodeled beautifully!
We are so grateful to have been invited to participate in this mission. RIP, Darwin Zrubek. Gone too soon.