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Honoring a Fallen Illinois Soldier

Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 11:28 AM CDT


MOKENA -- Home again. The body of a 19-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire arrived in his hometown of Mokena Saturday.

Dozens of cars and motorcycles decked with american flags took part in a procession to accompany the remains of Army Private First Class Aaron Toppen.
Visitation for Toppen is scheduled from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm Monday at Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park.

Funeral services will follow on Tuesday 10:00 am at the church.

The local community of Mokena in northern Illinois is dedicating time to help honor an Illinois soldier who died in Afghanistan last week.

Volunteers are placing thousands of yellow ribbons along the route where the body of Private Aaron Toppen will travel before it's finally laid to rest.

Private Toppen is from Mokena, 36 miles southwest of Chicago.

He was killed by friendly fire.

The route is roughly 26 miles and is covered with yellow ribbons.

"He gave his life so I can sit here and talk to you, so that these people could go on vacation on the weekends, and here they are now saying, you know, 'I want to give back. I wanna make sure the family knows that his life was not in vain.' And i think that's amazing"

About 14-thousand feet of ribbon was donated to line the streets between Midway Airport and Mokena.

Honoring a Fallen Illinois Soldier

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