Bellevue streets are lined with yellow ribbons today in preparation for Staff Sgt. Jon Martin's funeral procession.
An Oak Harbor woman, who has never met the family but was touched by their loss, made 400 yellow ribbons that were hung up in Bellevue yesterday, according to Brian Foos of Foos and Foos Funeral Service.
Martin died Thanksgiving day after being injured Nov. 9 in Iraq.
His body returned to Bellevue Wednesday morning after family, military personnel and an honors team greeted the military plane at Lahm Airport in Mansfield, Foos said.
"We had a priest there, and he said a few words. It was a nice service," he said.
Friends and family will be received from 2-8 p.m. today at Immaculate Conception Church, 231 E. Center St., Bellevue.
A procession from the funeral home to the church will be at about 1 p.m. today, traveling down Broad Street and turning onto Center Street.
The funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will follow in Bellevue Catholic Cemetery.
Foos said because Martin was a member of the military, the service will be unique.
"The main difference is that we try to blend the Christian rites and traditions with the military traditions," he said. "There will be military things that happen at the church during certain times of the Mass."
A special honors team will be present at the service, and a rifle salute will be given. Martin's family will be presented with two more awards during the service: a Bronze Star and Martin's second Purple Heart.
Honors for Sgt. Martin
Procession to the Church: 1 p.m. today along Broad and Center streets
Showing: 2-8 p.m. today at Immaculate Conception Church, 231 E. Center St.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church, 231 E. Center St. Burial will follow in Bellevue Catholic Cemetery.