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Hundreds Remember Carson City Soldier

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Brandon Rittiman
Channel 2 News

All dressed in red shirts, about 200 people marched down Carson Street in remembrance of Joshua Rodgers who died exactly one year prior.

Rodgers, who lived in Carson City and re-enlisted after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, flew Chinook helicopters. On May 30, 2007 he delivered troops to a battle zone in Afghanistan. When he took off, his chopper got shot down.

His uncle Mike McElfish tells us over the past year, the family has learned a lot. They've heard the story told by other soldiers who were there.

"One of the gentlemen was on the ground and actually saw where the missiles hit," says McElfish,"[he] was able to talk to Joshua's wife about that and assure her that there was no suffering."

And so family, friends, family of other fallen soldiers, and total strangers all gathered on Friday to March.

It happens every Friday at 5:30pm, to honor all troops serving, but usually only involves a handful. It's not about supporting or not supporting the war itself.

"It's not political," says P.J. Degross, who runs a soldier sponsorship called Web of Support (click here), "Soldiers are not political. They're doing their job. We support the soldiers and while they're in harm's way we will continue to support them."

The group meets every Friday at 5:30pm at the shopping center on Carson Street between 10th & Stewart Streets.

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