Sohn: Year in review — from tragedy to hope

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 file photo, U.S. Navy officers pay their respects at the battlefield crosses for the fallen servicemen at a memorial for the five military servicemen killed in the July 16 attacks on two military facilities in Chattanooga. (Doug Strickland/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP, File)

This was the year that terror came to Chattanooga.

We already had watched as senseless hatred and violence and bigotry played out in terrorist actions on our televisions in other cities or countries. But until July 16, we had not seen it here.

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In the way that news recounts from Anycity, Someotherplace, can't do, a 24-year-old's terrorist attack against two military offices here - along with the five deaths and two injuries those attacks caused - we came tragically to identify with scenes from Fort Hood, then Paris and then San Bernardino.

We came, in fact, to hear our city's name mentioned in the same sentence with those other cities in two speeches by President Barack Obama.