Fallen Ill. Soldier Brought Home
MOKENA, Ill. (AP)- 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 Private First Class 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 to 9 p.m. Monday at Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park.
Funeral services will follow on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the church.