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Telstar High School field dedicated to local Marine

A memorial dedicated Friday honors Telstar High School graduate and US Marine Ben Cross.

BETHEL (WGME) -- A US Marine is being honored with the dedication of a baseball and soccer field.

On Friday, the field at Telstar High School in Bethel was named after Ben Cross.

Cross' parents attended the dedication, laying flowers on a new memorial unveiled Friday.

Cross played soccer and baseball for Telstart.

His parents say the memorial and renaming of the field are an incredible honor.

"Overwhelmingly pleased and happy that they wanted to do that for Ben," his mother Victoria Cross said. "It meant a lot to us that they thought that much of a past student to do that."

"For us to have this monument here, it just means so much," his father Robert said.

Cross graduated from Telstar in 2009.

He died last year off the coast of Australia when his aircraft crashed into the ocean.

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