KELLER — On the same morning the body of Staff Sgt. Alex Viola arrived at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in a casket, his longtime town of Keller is rallying around the family.
Since news of the 29-year-old's death in Afghanistan surfaced early last week, flags have been lining the Viola's neighborhood.
The 50 symbols of American patriotism were provided by the Rotary Club of Keller. President Steve Trine said it was important to actually do something to show solidarity with the family.
"We depend on these young men and women in the services," he said on Tuesday.
Trine said the group was contacting other local civic organizations in hopes of drawing out volunteers to line the procession route during Viola's funeral service on Saturday.
He anticipated at least a couple hundred flags to line the roads leading to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.
Viola's body returned home on Tuesday morning with a small group of close friends and immediate family watching.
In an interview with News 8 last week, Frank Viola expressed sorrow about losing his son, but he also said the family is grateful for the community support they have received.
Services were scheduled for noon Saturday at St. Elizabeth Ann in Keller.