Buck's birthday surprise

By: 
Lisa Ingebrand, Montgomery Messenger

Arnold "Buck" Zahratka's family and friends surprised him with a special birthday parade on August 31 in honor of his 95th birthday. Buck's wife, Gladys, is pictured by his side. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

Arnold "Buck" Zahratka wasn't quite sure what his family was up to when they told him to scooter himself out onto the sidewalk in front of Traditions of Montgomery on Monday afternoon, August 31--Buck's 95th birthday.

"You want me here?" the Montgomery man good-naturedly questioned.

Then, he heard the honking.

A parade of cars, golf carts, and tractors driven by Buck's family members, friends, and fellow veterans and by a Montgomery Police Car slowly made its way through the Traditions' parking lot, just feet away from the surprised birthday boy and his wife, Gladys.

Dozens of people--and a few....

To see more on this story pick up the September 3, 2020 print edition of the Montgomery Messenger.

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