Fallen Five honored during ceremony in Chattanooga

CHATATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – The five military servicemen who died during last year’s terror attack in Chattanooga may be missed but they are not forgotten.

The Fallen Five were honored Saturday morning during a ceremony in downtown Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke delivered an emotional speech to pay tribute to Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, and Navy Petty Officer Second Class Randall Smith.

“They’re great hearts  performed not that faithful day July 16th, a year ago, but in silent moments of prayer in dedication to their country and in love for their families, their nation, and for Chattanooga,” Berke said.

Back on July 16 of last year, the five men were shot to death in Chattanooga by a radical Islamist terrorist.

News 12 has made an editorial decision to honor the fallen heroes by not mentioning the name of their killer.

U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischman was also in attendance. He told News 12 that last year’s terror attack in Chattanooga is still a topic of conversation back in Washington.

“Members on both sides of the aisle poured their hearts out to me and to our great city. They knew we were hurting. They knew this was a terrorist attack. The support has been tremendous,” Fleischman said.

Also in attendance at Saturday’s ceremony was Ranil Jayawardena. He’s a current  member of the British Parliament who traveled all the way from North East Hampshire England to pay his respects. Jayawardena had just been elected into office when Chattanooga was attacked by a lone terrorist.

“The UK does pay attention and we are so sorry to see events like this happen and unfold. It’s so good to be here and remember the Fallen Five and to also recognize that we do stand stronger when we stand together,” Jayawardena said.

For Chattanooga resident Chris Coffey, attending the event was too emotional.

“We shouldn’t have to have these events. It’s been 12 months and we’re not going in the right direction which is sad. It’s sad for us to come down here,” Coffey said.

According to Chattanooga city officials, from here on out, July 16th will always be a the day Chattanooga honors the Fallen Five.

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