Thread: A welcome fit for a hero
01-20-2010, 06:15 AM #1
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A welcome fit for a hero
U.S. Marine Sgt. Christopher Becker will get his wish: When he returned from Afghanistan, he told loved ones, he wanted to see the streets of Westwood decked in American flags.
Hrbek, 25, couldn't have imagined that his remains would be brought through town on Thursday from Dover Air Force base, that countless flags would be waving as they lay in state at a local church, and that an extended community would be mourning his sudden, shocking death.
A procession will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ketler school, which the Marine and volunteer firefighter attended. It will work its way through town toward Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Hrbek's family will receive visitors at the church from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday. He'll be interred Saturday at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus following a 9 a.m. service at the church.
Hrbek's remains were flown to Dover from Afghanistan on Saturday. Two days earlier, he was killed when he stepped on a hidden device that exploded.
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