Memorial to honor Fallen Five to be unveiled Saturday
A memorial to honor five Chattanooga service members killed in a terrorist attack will be unveiled Saturday.
City and county leaders have been working on the Wreath of Honor memorial in Tennessee Riverpark since 2016.
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The sculpture will honor Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt, Lance Cpl. Squire K. "Skip" Wells and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall J. Smith.
Katelyn Kirnie, director of public art for Chattanooga, was in charge of the planning and coordination of the project.
She said every detail of the memorial is significant.
"The five pillars that are standing around the circle represent them [Fallen Five]," Kirnie said. "The wreath that is suspended above is a representation of the community and the uplifting acts of support and kindness that surrounded the families during this tragedy."
The memorial concept was 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. Naval Operational Support Center.
The community raised $825,000 for the memorial, which includes the fabrication and ongoing maintenance for space.
The city closed off the Tennessee Riverpark trail leading to the memorial to prepare for Saturday's ceremony, which will reopen at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The ceremony starts at 5:00pm.
Seating during the ceremony will be limited and reserved for the family of the Fallen Five and the military.
The public is invited to bring chairs or blankets for open seating at picnic tables or on the lawn. Once the program concludes, the memorial will be open for public viewing.
Parking locations for the event are explained below.