Crowds Honor Ill. Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

June 21, 2014

The body of a 19-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan has been brought back to his Illinois hometown.

Dozens of cars and motorcycles decked with American flags took part in a procession Saturday to accompany the remains of Army Pfc. Aaron Toppen after his casket arrived at Chicago's Midway International Airport.
 
Along the 20-mile route to Mokena, crowds of people stood saluting and waving flags.
 
Toppen was one of five American service members killed this month by a U.S. airstrike called in to help defend against a Taliban ambush. He deployed in March.
 
The soldier was the youngest of three children.
 
Visitation for Toppen is scheduled from 1-9 p.m. Monday at Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park.
 
Funeral services will follow on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the church.

Story source: AP

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