Vice President Joe Biden honors Chattanooga shooting victim and promises: 'America never yields'

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. John Coyne performs the last roll call, where the senior NCO calls the name of each man in the lost servicemen's unit before concluding by calling the names of the deceased, at a memorial for the five military servicemen killed in the July, 16, attacks on two military facilities held Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn. Vice President Joseph Biden and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter spoke along with representatives from the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

These perverse ideologues, warped theocrats. They may be able to inspire a single lone wolf to commit a savage act, but they can never, never threaten who we are.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden began with a wish.

As he stood on stage at McKenzie Arena during a solemn ceremony for the five men who died when a gunman attacked two military sites in Chattanooga on July 16, Biden looked at the families of the dead.

"I wish that I was not here," he said, quietly and slowly. "For I have some sense of how hard it is for you to be here."