Berke: Moments of crisis revealed Chattanooga character

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Police Chief Fred Fletcher speak to media outside of the Armed Forces Career Center off of Lee Highway on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 about the July 16, 2015 terror shootings.

July 16, 2015, is a date few Chattanoogans will forget. The horror of that day still resonates in our memories and will for some time. That's the way it should be. Our country was attacked right here in my hometown, and four Marines and one Sailor lost their lives in the line of duty.

We know the names by heart: Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan. Sgt. Carson Holmquist. Lance Cpl. Squire "Skip" Wells. Staff Sgt. David Wyatt. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith.

These five men served us proudly and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. They were young men, each with a bright future ahead. They leave behind families searching for answers, for comfort and for the strength to forge ahead without their loved one.