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Big Homecoming Planned For Slain Md. Soldier

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A man stands in front of a grave at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virigina. More than four million people visit the cemetery annually, many coming to pay final respects at graveside services, of which nearly 100 are conducted each week. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

A man stands in front of a grave at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virigina. More than four million people visit the cemetery annually, many coming to pay final respects at graveside services, of which nearly 100 are conducted each week. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

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WOODSBORO, Md. (AP) — Some groups in Frederick County say they’re organizing a red, white and blue homecoming for the remains of a soldier killed in Afghanistan.

The Frederick News-Post reports the Patty Pollatos Fund and the Patriot Guard Riders are leading the effort to honor Army Spc. Ronald H. Wildrick Jr.

Debbie Williams of the nonprofit Pollatos Fund says she has ordered 300 flags to create a corridor for the return of Wildrick’s remains to Woodsboro on Wednesday.

She says people will also line the streets Thursday for the funeral service, and again Friday for the start of the final leg of
Wildrick’s journey, to Arlington National Cemetery.

The 30-year-old soldier was killed Dec. 11 by a roadside bomb in Kunar province.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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