Memorial to Capt. Jeff Kuss to be unveiled on Veterans Day

The bench will be officially dedicated near the veteran’s wall in La Vergne

This May 19, 2016, photo shows Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss at an air show in Lynchburg, Va. A report cited pilot error as the primary cause of the crash that claimed the life of Kuss while he was preparing for an air show June 2 outside Nashville. The report, released Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, said Kuss’ jet was traveling too fast and too low as he transitioned from a high-performance climb into a Split-S maneuver. (Matt Bell/The Register & Bee via AP)
This May 19, 2016, photo shows Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss at an air show in Lynchburg, Va. A report cited pilot error as the primary cause of the crash that claimed the life of Kuss while he was preparing for an air show June 2 outside Nashville. The report, released Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, said Kuss’ jet was traveling too fast and too low as he transitioned from a high-performance climb into a Split-S maneuver. (Matt Bell/The Register & Bee via AP)

LA VERGNE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A memorial to Captain Jeff Kuss now stands by the Veterans Memorial in La Vergne. The bench was a labor of love by people who look forward to seeing the Blue Angels fly overhead every year.

After the crash that claimed Capt. Kuss’ life last June, they felt like they needed to do something to honor him. kuss-benchThey quickly raised more than $1,600 for the bench and a bronze plaque.

“We didn’t personally know Capt. Kuss, but just our ties to the Blue Angels and our love for them and for our veterans, it hurt us, plus he’s such a young guy to lose his life so early,” said Debbie Heughan.

The bench will be officially dedicated near the veteran’s wall in La Vergne on Friday for Veterans Day. Heughan hopes Kuss’ family will stop and see it some day and know how much the Blue Angels mean to their community.

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