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City of Chattanooga raising funds for July 16th Memorial

The city of Chattanooga is planning to install a memorial to the five service members killed in a 2015 shooting at a military installation. (IMAGE: WTVC)

The city of Chattanooga is planning to install a memorial to the five service members killed in a 2015 shooting at a military installation.

City officials on Friday issued a call to artists across the country, kicking off a process that will lead to the installation of a memorial near the Naval Operations Support Center where the shootings occurred.

Lieutenant Commander Tim White is the commanding officer os the Navy Reserve Center. He's also a member of the memorial' steering committee.

"I dont want something like this to ever happen again," Lt. Cmdr. Whie said. "I also don't want the community or our country to ever forget the sacrifices that were made here."

Mayor Andy Berke's memorial committee aims to raise $750,000 for the project through grants and donations.

"It will be very different from the artworks that you see," said Katelyn Kirnie, the city's Public Arts Director. "It will be an integrated experience. It won't be a long sculpture."

Organizers expect more than 100 artists to apply for the opportunity to design it.

After the July 2015 attack, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez was shot to death during a confrontation with Chattanooga police. The FBI said Abdulazeez, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was a homegrown violent extremist.

Artists should go to this link to apply.

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