A Canadian soldier who proudly called Cape Breton home will be welcomed back to his final resting spot this week.

The remains of Sgt. James (Jimmy) MacNeil will arrive at the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport at 6:15 p.m. tomorrow, to be greeted by what his family hopes will be a long procession of people lined along the highway from the airport to McGillivray’s Funeral Home in Glace Bay.

MacNeil was killed by an improvised explosive device on June 20, while on a foot patrol near the village of Nakhonay, during his fourth and final tour of Afghanistan.

Family members and friends plan to tie yellow ribbons along the highway today in preparation for tomorrow’s service.