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City of Chattanooga to hold groundbreaking for Fallen Five memorial July 19

A rendering of the artist's design for the memorial memorial. (Image: Kerry Hayes, Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Burke)

In less than two weeks, city and county leaders will break ground on a new memorial honoring Chattanooga's Fallen Five.

It will happen on Thursday, July 19th at 11 a.m. within the Fishing Park segment of the Riverpark — between Shelter 4 and the Boat Ramp — across from the NOSC.

The groundbreaking will be three days after the third anniversary of the terror attack that took the lives of Staff Sergeant David Wyatt, Sergeant Carson Holmquist, Lance Corporal Squire "Skip" Wells, Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan, and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith.

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The memorial will be built near the Navy Operational Center on Amnicola Highway, the site where the men were killed.

Memorial artists Shane Albritton and Norman Lee designed the "Wreath of Honor" memorial after the military tradition of wreath laying, a gesture recognizing honor and sacrifice.

Albritton and Lee are asking community members to suggest thoughts and sentiments that will be cut into the metal bands of the suspended wreath. The wreath will include 75 phrases. Some sentiments already gathered include: “Nooga Strong”; “Home of the free because of the brave”; and “Never forget”. Look for Public Art Chattanooga's table at the Heroes Run/Walk event on July 14 to submit your own words of tribute for consideration.

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