Volunteers line streets with yellow ribbon for fallen soldier - FOX 35 News Orlando

Volunteers line streets with yellow ribbon for fallen soldier

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 MOKENA, Ill. (FOX 32 News) - Volunteers dedicated their time Tuesday to put up thousands of yellow ribbons along the route where Private Aaron Toppen's body will travel before he is laid to rest.

Pvt. Toppen, 19, was among five American troops killed, apparently by friendly fire, during a security operation in southern Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. Officials said an airstrike was called in after the unit was ambushed by the Taliban. It was one of the deadliest friendly fire incidents in the nearly 14-year war.

Tuesday evening, volunteers lined 25 miles of tree-lined streets with about 14,000 feet yellow ribbons. They say it was a way to honor the soldier and his family who did so much for the community.

"They want the family to know that his life was not in vein," one volunteer told FOX 32 News.

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