Toppen will arrive at Midway Airport Saturday, June 21 at 12 p.m. An escort will carry him home to Mokena, along a route adorned with yellow ribbons in his honor. The route will travel south on Cicero Avenue to 159th Street, west to Harlem Avenue, then south to 191st Street. It will then head west on 191st Street to Wolf Road, then south.
Visitation will be held Monday, June 23 from 1 to 9 p.m. at Parkview Christian Church, 11100 Orland Parkway, Orland Park. Funeral will be held Tuesday, June June 24 at 10 a.m., at Parkview. Family and friends ask for privacy from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., when the doors will open to the public.
Toppen graduated from Lincoln-Way East High School in 2013. After his death, Toppen's rank was upgraded to private first class, Sun-Times Media reports.
Read more about the impact of Toppen's death on the community:
- Mokena's Fallen Soldier's Rank Upgraded Posthumously
- Grab a Yellow Ribbon, Help Line Fallen Soldier's Route Home
- In Memory of Aaron: Community Asked to Display Yellow Ribbons in Honor of the Fallen Soldier
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