City, County Officials To Hold Groundbreaking For “Fallen Five Memorial” On July 19

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mayors Andy Berke and Jim Coppinger will be joined by the memorial artists, Shane Albritton and Norman Lee, along with military representatives and public officials for a groundbreaking on Thursday, at 11 a.m. of the Fallen Five Memorial: “Wreath of Honor” at the Tennessee Riverpark, within the Fishing Park segment of the Riverpark — between Shelter 4 and the Boat Ramp — across from the NOSC

The memorial, designed by Albritton and Lee, will honor the five men who lost their lives during the July 16, 2015 tragic shootings at the Armed Services Recruiting Center on Lee Highway and the U.S. Naval Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway.

The memorial concept is inspired by the symbolic form of the wreath; representing the notions of eternity, continuity and memory. In the military tradition of wreath laying, this gesture recognizes honor and sacrifice. This memorial wreath marks the Riverpark site made sacred by the attacks that occurred on July 16, 2015 at the nearby U.S. Navy Operational Support Center.

The community is being asked by the artists 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 Saturday, July 14, to submit your own words of tribute for consideration.


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