Crowds pack Ross's Landing for tribute to five slain servicemen

A single jet pulls away from formation to form a missing man formation during a Blue Angels flyby of the Chattanooga Unite Tribute Concert at Ross's Landing on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Samuel L. Jackson, a Chattanooga native, emceed the benefit concert for families of victims of the July, 16, shootings at military facilities in Chattanooga.

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Jessie Crawford stood in his gray JROTC uniform Wednesday and said he wants to join the military when he graduates from high school.

"The shootings two months ago gave me even more motivation," said Jessie, an 11th-grader at East Ridge High School. "Those guys are heroes."

Jessie was one of about 1,000 Hamilton County high school students to participate in the Chattanooga Unite: Tribute on the River parade Wednesday, an event honoring the lives of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire "Skip" Wells and Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith, all gunned down on July 16 by local resident Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez.