Chattanooga to mark 1st anniversary of shooting attack

Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WATE) – Saturday marks one year since a gunman opened fire on two Chattanooga military sites, killing four Marines and a sailor and wounding two other people.

Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith were killed on July 16, 2015. One year later, the city of Chattanooga is planning a memorial to honor the fallen five.

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Saturday’s events will include an interfaith service, a concert, art exhibits and a quiet moment of reflection. “Please join Chattanooga one year later — July 16, 2016 — as we honor our fallen five and the brave actions of the men and women of our Armed Forces and local law enforcement,” said organizers.

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Schedule of events

  • Blood drive – Blood Assurance will host a two-day blood drive Friday-Saturday to honor the U.S. Servicemen who lost their lives.
  • Chattanooga Heroes Run/Walk – On Saturday at 8:00 a.m., the five mile run/walk begins at the Naval Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center, following part of the path that EMS took on July 16. As decided by the families of the five servicemen, all profits from the event will be donated to help fund a permanent memorial that will be built near the NOSC off Amnicola Highway.
  • Nooga Strong Memorial Ride – Kick-stands go up at 11 a.m. Saturday. Riders will honor those the five that died during the shooting as well as all who make sacrifices to ensure the safety of Americans. Bikers will ride in honor in the Chattanooga national Cemetary.
  • Chattanooga Remembers – Starting at 10:40 a.m. Saturday, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and the city of Chattanooga will present a memorial ceremony in honor of Chattanooga’s Fallen Five. The memorial ceremony will include Manning the Rail, Presentation of Colors, the Presentation of the Star Spangled Banner, and Presentation of Proclamation. At 11:00 AM (the approximate time the first report of gunfire on July 16, 2015 at the Navy Operations Support Center) the USS CHATTANOOGA bell will ring five times. Chattanooga Remembers will conclude with an opportunity for all in attendance to individually pay respect to the fallen by dropping a flower petals in the Tennessee River.
  • Chattanooga Strong Together: From Grief to Hope – Starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday faith leaders from across the community along with former Congressman Mark Siljander will speak on how to harness the power of faith for building bridges of understanding and reconciliation.
  • Chattanooga Unite at Riverfront Nights – Starting at 6:30 p.m., Friend’s of the Festival and the City of Chattanooga will be holding a special patriotic Riverfront Nights. The event will take place on the Riverfront.
  • Illumination of the Fallen Five Mural – Saturday from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Kevin Bate will unveil his tribute to those who lost their lives during the shooting. Rising 22 feet tall and stretching over a hundred feet long, Bate’s mural stands as a memorial to those servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice. The artist spent nearly a year completing this memorial that he hopes will continue to remind Chattanooga of the importance of remembering the victims — not the perpetrator — of such a tragic event. The lighting of the mural will start shortly after sundown, with the showing of a short WTCI produced documentary about the mural. Following the video, the permanent night time lighting for the piece will be illuminated.

For more information visit the Noogastrong website.

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