Harry Connick Jr. added to Chattanooga Unite event

U. S. Marine Sgt. Demonte Cheeley raises an American flag during an opening ceremony Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn., at a memorial to the five servicemen who were killed on July 16. Sgt. Cheeley, who was wounded in the attack, is assisted by members of the Chattanooga Police Department Honor Guard, from left, Christopher Grafe, Lance Lockhart and Jamie Barrow. At left is Marine Lance Cpl. James Draffen, who played "Taps" after the flag was raised. The memorial is located at 6219 Lee Highway near the Armed Forces Career Center where the July attack began.

After weeks of not-so-quiet rumors, it has been confirmed by event organizers that Harry Connick Jr. will perform on Sept. 16 at Ross's Landing as part of "Chattanooga Unite: A Tribute on the River."

The event is designed to be a citywide memorial/celebration/fundraiser for the five servicemen killed in Chattanooga on July 16.

The date corresponds with the two-month anniversary of the shooting that took the lives of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall S. Smith and Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells.

Though admission is free and nearly all of the expenses involved in staging such a large event are being provided at no cost, attendees are asked to make donations.