Watch the full Chattanooga Remembers event honoring the 'Fallen Five'
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVC) - Hundreds of people attended the Chattanooga Remembers event to honor the five service members killed on July 16, 2015.
"They gave their life in a firestorm, but that firestorm did not define them."
Mayor Andy Berke spoke to a crowd on Chattanooga's downtown riverfront filled with Marines, sailors, police officers, first responders, and hundreds of other Chattanoogans. They were all there to honor and remember the four Marines and the Navy sailor who were killed in Chattanooga one year ago.
"That's one of the motivations to serve with excellence and with honor and courage," Navy Lt. Cmdr. Tim White said. "Me, personally, and I can speak for the rest of the sailors and Marines, they want to honor the sacrifice that their brothers made in their own service and in life."
White is the commanding officer at Naval Operational Support Center Chattanooga (NOSC). He was at the NOSC the day of the attack, and was the only service member there to fire a weapon that day. Others in attendance at the ceremony weren't at the NOSC on July 16, but still have a personal connection to the terrorist attack. Daniel Hopson served with Mike Battery a few years ago. Four Mike Battery Marines were killed in the attack.
"When you find out it's your city, and then it's your unit and it's guys you know, it really came crashing down really bad," Hopson said. "Today really does bring a lot of that back, but I think all we can really do is try to stay positive, move forward, and try to honor them the best we can."
The organizers behind the Chattanooga Remembers ceremony plan to make this an annual event. Their hope is that we never forget the four Marines and the Navy sailor killed in the attack in Chattanooga on July 16, 2015.
Click the play button on the image above to watch the event in full. See the schedule of other events here.