Getting ready to salute Captain Kuss tonight on the beach as the blue angels do a fly over. Welcome home Captain. The entire community is grateful for your service. The Blue Angels will perform a flyover in honor of Opposing Solo Capt. Jeff Kuss as the team transports his body to their home base of Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida.
Since moving to Pensacola, our love for the Blue Angels has really grown into something special! We love watching them practice every week, and have always enjoyed seeing them fly right over our house and along the beach.
In order to catch the Fly-Over, we drove just down the street to Johnson's Beach.
Noahh brought with her two stuffed "Blue Angel" airplanes that she got from the Blue Angel Air Museum a few months ago. She adores them! They are also her most favorite "stuffed animal" (planes) to sleep with at night.
Although Noahh is too young to understand the tragedy that occurred, or grasp that one of her most favorite airplanes crashed...we felt it was important to show our support and take her to this event. Becca enjoyed it as well, being raised in a Navy family, it was close to her heart. I was a military wife in the Navy for years and my heart breaks for the family left behind by Captain Kuss.
Our prayers are with his wife and two children...
We got to the beach about an hour before the scheduled fly-over was going to take place. It gave us an opportunity to play in the sand a bit and find a good spot on the beach.
Erick took a few hours off work early so he could make it as well, and it was really nice having him there. It turned out to be a beautiful evening that we spent as a family.
Here they come! #5 plane, and Fat Albert... (Noahh is holding her stuffed mini "Fat Albert". She watched with intent as the real thing passed right above her and Becca.
"Smokin' up the beach" was one of Captain Kuss' favorite things to do...and this was one of his most favorite routes along the emerald waters of Pensacola.
I don't believe there was a dry eye on the beach at that moment. Everyone was very quiet and touched as they flew over head.
What a wonderful opportunity we had tonight to show our condolences and gratitude for this great hero! God bless the Kuss family, God Bless the Blue Angels, God Bless Pensacola, & God Bless America!