CORONADO, Calif. (KGTV) - More than 1,000 U.S. Navy service members gathered Friday to pay their respects to the 27-year-old Navy SEAL who died during a parachute demonstration last month.
Members from Naval Special Warfare honored Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Remington Peters who died on May 28 during a parachute demonstration at Liberty State Park in New Jersey.
Peters' parachute failed to deploy during the demonstration and he landed in the water near Liberty State Park. The event was being held in support of the Fleet Week New York.
"To stand out in this community of elite warriors like Remi did takes not only an unprecedented operational competency, but more importantly an unrivaled character," Captain Jay Hennessey, Commanding Officer of Naval Special Warfare Center, said. "To be selected as a member of our Parachute Team is not only a coveted professional accomplishment, but a hard and fast measure of Petty Officer Peters' personal devotion to his profession."
Peters was a member of the Navy SEAL Leap Frogs parachute team, who train in San Diego. One of the group's most recent appearances was at the Padres vs. Giants game at Petco Park last April.
The Navy SEAL had been on two combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan in the past, and was the recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon among many others, according to the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his mother, Tina, father, Tom, sister Cayce, and girlfriend of three years, Rebecca.