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Group looking for help placing flags to honor fallen soldier

This undated photo provided by the Fort Hood, Texas Press Center shows U.S. Army Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt of Tamaroa, Ill. The Department of Defense said Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, that Iubelt died Saturday, Nov. 12 from injuries inflicted by an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan. Iubelt was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas.
This undated photo provided by the Fort Hood, Texas Press Center shows U.S. Army Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt of Tamaroa, Ill. The Department of Defense said Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, that Iubelt died Saturday, Nov. 12 from injuries inflicted by an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan. Iubelt was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas. AP

Members of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha’s Hope for Heroes Program are looking for volunteers to help place flags for a procession for the remains of Private First Class Tyler Ray Iubelt.

Iubelt, a Perry County native, was killed Nov. 12 in a suicide bomb attack at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

Iubelt’s remains are scheduled to arrive at Scott Air Force Base at 10 a.m. Monday. He then will be escorted to Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin.

Hope For Heroes is asking regional residents to meet at Keyes Park in Du Quoin at 1 p.m. Monday to help place approximately 3,000 three-foot by five-foot U.S. flags on nine-foot poles to honor Iubelt and his family.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, at the First Baptist Church in Du Quoin.

For further information on placing flags, contact Midwest Area Regional Coordinator Chip Shaffer at 618-567-5315.

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