SMYRNA, Tenn. (WEAR) — Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial
A groundbreaking is scheduled for next week for the memorial dedicated to Blue Angels Marine Captain Jeff Kuss in Smyrna, Tennessee. Capt. Kuss died when his plane went down while he was preparing for the Great Tennessee Air Show in Smyrna last year.
“We are excited to announce over $1 million has been raised through corporate and private sector contributions for The Kuss Memorial to celebrate the life and career of this American hero,” Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed said.
A Blue Angel F/A-18C Hornet similar to the jet flown by Captain Kuss and on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida will be on permanent display as part of the Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial.
“The outpouring of support from the people of Tennessee humbles me,” his widow Christina Kuss said. “They have wrapped us in so much love that I am inspired and grateful. Jeff was the perfect example of the Blue Angels’ mission of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. He was able to live out his dreams and was my inspiration. This memorial will honor his life and distinguished military service to our country and hopefully encourage kids to pursue their dreams.”
The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony, which is Wednesday, October 18th at 2:00 p.m. at Lee Victory Recreation Park. Rear Admiral Jimmie Taylor, retired from the U.S. Navy, will be the speaker and The Stewarts Creek High School Chorale is scheduled to perform.