Blue and yellow ribbons hung from posts, trees and awnings along Main Avenue in Durango fluttered in a light breeze early Saturday as the town honored Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss.
Flags were lowered to half-staff in honor of Kuss, 32, who died June 2 when his plane crashed during a Blue Angels practice exercise for an air show in Tennessee. He was a Durango native, graduating from Durango High School in 2002 and Fort Lewis College in 2006.
Residents lined the Main Avenue motorcade route, from 32nd Street to College Drive and along Camino del Rio and the 9th Street bridge, to pay their respects to Kuss and his family. Then, many headed to The Rim at Fort Lewis College to watch the flyby, which included the Missing Man formation, in which one jet pulled away from formation in honor of Kuss.
The motorcade began about 11 a.m., and took Kuss' remains to Greenmount Cemetery for a private service, which was capped by a 21-gun salute and a flyover by Marine units that Kuss served with before he joined the Blue Angels flight demonstration team in September 2014.
A reception for family and friends was held Saturday afternoon in front of the Student Union at FLC.