Funeral escort for USMC Capt. Jack Casey of Dover

The funeral escort for USMC Capt. Jack Casey of Dover travels north on the Spaulding Turnpike in Newington on Feb. 20. 2024. The remains of Casey, a U.S. Marine Corps pilot, who was killed in a helicopter crash in California, was returned to his hometown of Dover. The route from Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington followed a route past schools he attended including Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and Saint Mary Academy both in Dover. A service will be held at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School on Friday from 3 -7 p.m. followed by a service on Saturday at St. Theresa's Parish in Rye at 10 a.m.

More than 550 people — Marine aviators, crew, family and friends — gathered Friday at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to remember five Marines who died two weeks ago in a helicopter crash east of the base near San Diego.

A memorial of five flight helmets, flight gear and boots resting on rifles stood beside wreaths and photo portraits of the men, all members of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. The ceremony took place at Miramar's Hangar 4, home to the squadron, according to a statement from service officials.