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Fallen Soldier Welcomed Home

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PASCO, Wash.- A fallen soldier is home now and he'll be laid to rest. Kennewick's Robby Ellis was welcomed back to the Tri-Cities with an incredible show of respect and pride.

Parts of the city of Pasco came to a complete stop as people lined the streets to pay tribute to SPC Robert Ellis. Hundreds of Tri-Citians stretched along 4th Avenue in Pasco holding American flags.

Entire families, biker groups and war veterans were among the crowd. The hour before the procession made it's way down the street was noisy, but as the vehicles passed by it was absolutely quiet.

"To have these young men and women sacrifice for us, for our nation, it's only fitting for me to stand out in the sunshine and pay some sort of tribute to those veterans," said Vietnam Veteran Bill Letourneau.

"You know everybody here that's a veteran signed that blank check to include their life," said Gulf War Veteran Jeanie Nelson. "Unfortunately this young man; they cashed his check."

The funeral service will be held for Ellis this Monday at South Hill Church in Kennewick at 11 am. A group will be organized to stand out in front of the church holding flags.