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Voluntown honors a fallen son

People lined the streets of Voluntown to honor Lance Cpl. Tyler Owen Griffin. The 19-year-old Marine was killed in combat operations on April 1 in Afghanistan's Helmand province, according to the Department of Defense.

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The procession carrying Voluntown native Tyler O. Griffin passes under a giant flag flying from two fire department ladder trucks Monday afternoon, April 12, 2010. U.S. Marines Lance Corporal Griffin was killed last week in Afghanistan.

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People stand by Rt. 165 in Voluntown and watch the procession carrying Voluntown native Tyler O. Griffin pass a giant flag flying from two fire department ladder trucks Monday afternoon, April 12, 2010. U.S. Marines Lance Corporal Griffin was killed last week in Afghanistan.

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Firefighters string a giant U.S. flag between ladder trucks from Jewett City and Taftville departments to fly over the procession carrying Voluntown native Tyler O. Griffin Monday afternoon, April 12, 2010.

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David Davis, Jr., stands by the side of Rt. 165 in Voluntown and remembers his friend Tyler O. Griffin Monday afternoon, April 12, 2010. A boyhood friend, Davis, lived near Tyler Griffin when they were growing up. He said “I wanted to come out for him, to honor him. That's what he deserved and what he would have wanted.”

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The hearse carrying Voluntown native Tyler O. Griffin passes a fire department honor guard flanked by two ladder trucks flying a giant U.S. flag Monday afternoon, April 12, 2010. U.S. Marines Lance Corporal Griffin was killed last week in Afghanistan.

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Motorcyclists forming part of the procession carrying Voluntown native Tyler O. Griffin approaches a giant flag flying from two fire department ladder trucks Monday afternoon, April 12, 2010.

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Bridget Horan, center, of Gales Ferry, the grandmother of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler O. Griffin, killed on April 1, 2010 during combat operations in Afghanistan's Helmand province, wipes away tears during a processional along Route 165 in Voluntown, Monday, April 12, 2010.

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A processional along Route 165 in Voluntown, for U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler O. Griffin, killed on April 1, 2010 during combat operations in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Monday, April 12, 2010.

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People line the side of Rt. 165 in Voluntown as the procession carrying Voluntown native Tyler O. Griffin enters town Monday afternoon, April 12, 2010. U.S. Marines Lance Corporal Griffin was killed April 1st in Afghanistan.

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A color guard salutes as a flag truck from Connecticut Leathernecks passes in the procession carrying Voluntown native Tyler O. Griffin passes a giant flag flying from two fire department ladder trucks Monday afternoon, April 12, 2010. U.S. Marines Lance Corporal Griffin was killed last week in Afghanistan. Residents of his hometown lined Rt. 165 and Rt. 138 from the Rhode Island border the the funeral home in Griswold with flags this evening to honor Griffin's homecoming.

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Firefighters fold the giant flag flown over the procession bringing fallen U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Tyler O. Griffin home to Voluntown Monday afternoon, April 12, 2010. Griffin was killed April 1st in Afghanistan.

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