When Blue Angel 6 crashed in a Tennessee field last Thursday, June 2, Colorado lost a son. United States Marine Corps Captain Jeff Kuss of Durango was killed, leaving behind his wife and two young children.
Tomorrow he will be honored and laid to rest in his hometown. As the motorcade works its way to Captain Kuss’ final resting place, heads will bow, tears will be shed.
Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. May you rest in peace.
“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air….
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.”
~John Gillespie Magee, Jr.