A permanent memorial for the men who died in an attack on two Chattanooga military sites on July 16 will officially open one month later outside the military recruiting center on Lee Highway, and the public is invited to attend an opening ceremony.
The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16, at the site, according to a committee of citizens who are working with the property owners and handling the memorial plans.
Law enforcement, military members and families of the fallen are expected to attend. The permanent memorial will include a flag pole and a bronze sculpture, said Rebecca Styles, a member of the committee.
The military recruiting center on Lee Highway is the first place a lone gunman opened fire on July 16 before he drove to a military reserve center on Amnicola Highway and he killed five men. In the days after the attack, thousands of people left flags, candles and memorabilia in a makeshift memorial at the Lee Highway site.
The committee will also remove that memorabilia, Styles said. First, the families of the men who died will be invited to collect and keep anything they want from the site, she said.
Then, the National Medal of Honor Museum, housed in Northgate Mall in Hixson, will have a chance to pull some items for a permanent exhibit.
The remaining items will be handed over to the Daughters of the American Revolution, who will distribute the memorabilia to local school and appropriate organizations, according to the committee.
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