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A tribute in Altoona to the 13 American service members killed in Afghanistan last week is raising funds for the family members of one of the fallen.On Saturday, two families purchased 13 beers for an empty table at Altoona’s Brick & Ivy Rooftop. In front of each beer sits a note reading, “Thank you for your service.”“They bought the beers (and) they picked this table because it was the closest to the door,” said Levi Thompson, an event coordinator at Brick & Ivy Rooftop. “They wanted everyone for the remainder of the night to see the tribute to the fallen soldiers.”Thompson, who is a veteran himself, posted a photo of the tribute to Facebook.“I thought the best part of the entire thing, they weren’t looking for recognition or anything like that,” he said. “They just said, ‘Hey.’ They didn’t even give us their name.” Brick & Ivy Rooftop turned the tribute into a fundraiser after patrons began leaving money on the table.“We decided we’ll go for 13 days to honor the 13 troops,” Thompson said.Any money collected during the 13 days will be donated to the family of Cpl. Daegan Page, an Omaha-based Marine born in Red Oak, Iowa.Page died in the explosion outside Kabul airport.“After 13 days we’re going to reach out to Daegan’s family,” Thompson said. “We haven’t been able to get into contact yet, but we’re hoping to or hoping someone will reach out to us.” Thompson said it is nice to know that the simple gesture will go on to touch lives.“Sometimes it’s not the big things that happen,” he said. “It’s the small things that people do out of the kindness of their hearts.”So far, the bar has collected more than $200 for Page’s family. The fundraiser continues until Sept. 10.

A tribute in Altoona to the 13 American service members killed in Afghanistan last week is raising funds for the family members of one of the fallen.

On Saturday, two families purchased 13 beers for an empty table at Altoona’s Brick & Ivy Rooftop. In front of each beer sits a note reading, “Thank you for your service.”

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“They bought the beers (and) they picked this table because it was the closest to the door,” said Levi Thompson, an event coordinator at Brick & Ivy Rooftop. “They wanted everyone for the remainder of the night to see the tribute to the fallen soldiers.”

Thompson, who is a veteran himself, posted a photo of the tribute to Facebook.

“I thought the best part of the entire thing, they weren’t looking for recognition or anything like that,” he said. “They just said, ‘Hey.’ They didn’t even give us their name.”

Brick & Ivy Rooftop turned the tribute into a fundraiser after patrons began leaving money on the table.

“We decided we’ll go for 13 days to honor the 13 troops,” Thompson said.

Any money collected during the 13 days will be donated to the family of Cpl. Daegan Page, an Omaha-based Marine born in Red Oak, Iowa.

Page died in the explosion outside Kabul airport.

“After 13 days we’re going to reach out to Daegan’s family,” Thompson said. “We haven’t been able to get into contact yet, but we’re hoping to or hoping someone will reach out to us.”

Thompson said it is nice to know that the simple gesture will go on to touch lives.

“Sometimes it’s not the big things that happen,” he said. “It’s the small things that people do out of the kindness of their hearts.”

So far, the bar has collected more than $200 for Page’s family. The fundraiser continues until Sept. 10.

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