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Daughters of the American Revolution present July 16 memorial flags to Hamilton Co. Sheriff's Office

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July 16, 2015 will be a day Chattanoogans will never forget. Although the mementos left at both memorial sites are long gone, some are working to preserve the many flags placed to honor the fallen five and first responders. 

Monday, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented several hundred flags to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office to thank them for helping protect the community that day.

The Chief John Ross chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution took it upon themselves to save the flags from the Lee Highway memorial. They say it was the least they could do to say thank you.

"They were looking for someone to help with removal and they didn't know what to do with all the flags," says Teresa Rimer, with DAR.

In the days and months that followed the July 16 attacks, thousands of flags were placed in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Daughters of the American Revolution wanted to preserve them.
  
"We had about one hundred ladies and men out there and they were wet so we had to sort them and dry them. We did the best that we could to preserve the dignity of the flag," says Rimer.

Monday, the ladies presented the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office command staff with 200 flags.
 
"I just want to thank these ladies for stepping up and taking this responsibility," says Chief Deputy Allen Branum.

Branum says it is important to recognize the heroic actions taken that day.
 
"Our people are top notch when it comes to responding and supporting. I'm extremely proud of our law enforcement, our first responders," he says.

But he says it is more important to remember the Fallen Five and to pray for their families.
 
"These families, I can't imagine what they're going through. We say, you know, 'I know how you feel.' I don't know how they feel. I've never lost a close family member to this type of violence. And there's no excuse for it. No reason for it," says Branum.

"To me it's a reminder of what happened and what shouldn't happen again. It's a way that we should never forget," says Rimer.

In all, the Daughters of the American Revolution collected 4,000 American flags from the Lee Highway site alone. They also gave some to the 911 center and area VFWs.
 

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