Twenty-Five Patriot Guard from Minnesota and North Dakota gathered under clear skies and very warm weather, to pay honor, dignity and respect to Captain Eric Ziegler for his service. Captain Ziegler died while flying a training mission in Nevada on 28 June 2011.
Briefing was held at 8:45 by ARC Dean Foell and flag line set at 9:00 a.m. for the arrival of CPT Ziegler. Flag line then stood down, and was back in place at 9:45 a.m. for visitation. Once the service started, members were treated to ice water and coffee in the church reception area, giving us a much needed opportunity to cool off. Services were conducted at the Triumph Lutheran Brethren Church in Moorhead - the pastor stated that Mrs Ziegler was a long time member of the church and he married them.
Six members stayed at the church to escort to the cemetary led by Fargo RC Steve Allen. ND State Captain Tony Krogh led the remaining members to the cemetary and flag line was established. Military honors were provided by the Grand Forks Air Force Base Honor Guard. Four F-16's (the plane that CPT Ziegler flew as a training pilot) flew overhead with a missing man formation.
Many members and Air Force personnel expressed their thanks for our attendance.
Thank you to all who were able to attend today's mission.