Chattanooga Memorial Day Rememberance

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – Chattanoogans gathered at the Chattanooga National Cemetery Monday.

It was established two years before the end of the Civil War and is the final resting place for thousands of veterans who served in one or more of the nation’s conflicts.

Today, it was the place to go to say "Thank You."

Chattanoogans have never forgotten what Memorial Day is all about.

Today’s ceremony was no exception as a large crowd gathered for the traditional event at National Cemetery.

With sponsorship from the American Legion and VFW posts, the Choo Choo chorus performed the National Anthem and the Vietnam Veterans of America posted the colors.

The emphasis today was on the recent conflicts.

More than 4000 Americans have been killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and some are still in combat in Afghanistan.

One group wants to remind Americans that some of those who served, are in need today.

USAF (Ret.) Col. Chris Dooley says, "There’s 175 or so homeless veterans and a good number of those persons are recidivists. They get in trouble quite often, and if we can interrupt that cycle of getting in trouble with the law, we can help them improve their lives and maybe get them off the street."

The program included formal recognition of the mothers of soldiers who died; the Gold Star Mothers.

The keynote speaker was retired Navy Captain Mickey McCamish.

Capt. McCamish says, "So many of us gladly,so gladly participate in making sure this transition from war to civilian life occurs without a misbeat and again an important lesson that was learned from the Vietnam War."

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann says, "In good times and bad times, we come together as Chattanoogans right here in Hamilton County and honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice and that makes me feel so good and so proud that we can honor them every day."

The speech was following by a 21 gun salute.

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