Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento holds remembrance ceremony for fallen Coast Guard, Marine Corps aircrew

A Coast Guard member, assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, kneels to places flowers around a memorial during a remembrance ceremony at Air Station Sacramento in McClellan Park, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Coast Guard friends and family remembered the Coast Guard and Marine Corps crews who were lost in a mid-air collision in 2009. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart

A Coast Guard member, assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, kneels to places flowers around a memorial during a remembrance ceremony at Air Station Sacramento in McClellan Park, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart

MCCLELLAN PARK, Calif. — Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento personnel held a remembrance ceremony Saturday, honoring the Coast Guard and Marine Corps crews who were lost in a mid-air collision in 2009.

While conducting a search and rescue mission, Coast Guard 1705, an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, collided with a Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter, Oct. 29, 2009, near San Clemente Island.

That night, the Coast Guard lost Lt. Cmdr. Che Barnes, Lt. Adam Bryant, Chief Petty Officer John Seidman, Petty Officer 2nd Class Carl Grigonis, Petty Officer 2nd Class Monica Beacham, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Moletzsky and Petty Officer 3rd Class Danny Kreder. The Marine Corps lost Maj. Samuel Leigh and 1st Lt. Thomas Claiborne.

“I ask that you reflect and look into the lives of each one of the crew mates by remembering them for their honor, integrity, loyalty and devotion to service,” said Cmdr. Roy Eidem, the executive officer of Air Station Sacramento.

The ceremony included a moment of silence and laying down flowers for each of the fallen members.

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