Chattanooga Can Build On Unity

Sculptor Peter Lundberg, assisted by Desmond Lewis, right, works at the sculpture field at Montague Park on his memorial to the service members slain in Chattanooga on July 16.

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Sixty-five-foot-tall sculpture will commemorate victims of July 16 attack

Following the last tear shed, last note sung and last word spoken at Saturday's memorial service for the five servicemen slain locally in an attack by a lone gunman on July 16, what's next?

Will we continue to be the same patriotic, military-honoring, flag-waving, good-deed-doing city we've been since the Thursday in which terrorism punched a hole in our veneer, or will something uglier, meaner and more calloused replace that populace?

More than a decade ago, in the days following the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the country was more unified than it had been since World War II.

"America is united," President George W.