A group of truckers in Illinois are decking out their trucks in American flags as a show of respect for a fellow driver who lost his daughter while she was serving overseas in the U.S. military.
The patriotic show of respect comes after 37 year old Sgt. Holli Bolinski died last week in a non-combat crash with a civilian commercial vehicle while she was serving in Kuwait. She served with the 657th Transportation Company and is the mother of five children.
Bolinski’s tragic death made headlines across the country, but the impact of her loss was felt most intensely by her family back home.
Bolinski’s father Mark Sroka works as a trucker in the southern Illinois area and was devastated by the loss of his daughter.
Local truck drivers said that they wanted to do something to support Sroka as he deals with the loss of his daughter while at the same time showing support for the U.S. military — so many of them have decided to deck out their trucks with American flags.
“It’s sad. We are all supporting him. You know, he’s having a rough time out here.We stick together, that’s what it’s about, we got to stick together,” fellow trucker David Kellerman told KFVS12.
Facebook user Randal Uhe has shared stirring images of the trucks online as a tribute to Bolinkski and a show of support of Sroka. Take a look below.