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Funeral services for SSG James Justice


Flags are to be flown at half staff in the state Wednesday. It's in honor of an Iowa soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Staff Sergeant James Justice's visitation was Tuesday night. On Wednesday, American flags lined the roads into Manilla. Cars and trucks passed miles of red, white and blue banners all leading to the memorial service for Staff Sergeant James Justice.

James, or Juice as he was called, grew up in central Iowa.

"Fondest memory? There are so many," said Tyler Christiansen.

Many of James' friends got tattoos in his honor but say they don't need the ink to remember a person who touched so many lives.

"Legally we were uncle and nephew but we were always brothers. We grew up and were inseparable and he was always there for everything," said Sgt. Doug Ridgley.

Justice died helping the crew of a downed helicopter. As the story spread that Justice died helping others, those who knew him were not surprised.

In addition to all his friends, Justice leaves behind a wife and daughter.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday afternoon in Manning at the IKM High School gym. Graveside services will be held before his burial later at Arlington National Cemetery. A date for that has not yet been determined.

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