Chattanooga Now Chattanooga pays tribute to the Fallen Five

Chattanooga Now Chattanooga pays tribute to the Fallen Five

July 14th, 2016 by Staff Report in Chattnow Outabout

Permanent lighting illuminating artist Kevin Bate's mural of the five fallen servicemen will be powered up during a Chattanooga Remembers ceremony Saturday, July 16, the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack. The mural occupies a 22- by 100-foot wall in the 1700 block of McCallie Avenue.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

Except for the blood drive, which is ongoing this week, events will be held Saturday, July 16. Find out more about most events at connect.chattanooga.gov/noogastrong. 

* Nightfall: Operation Song, which includes compositions by family members of the Fallen Five, will open the Nightfall concert on Friday, July 15.

* Blood drive: Blood Assurance is hosting a NoogaStrong blood drive daily through Saturday at donor centers across the region. The nonprofit agency also will have a mobile blood drive stationed near the finish line of the Chattanooga Heroes Run. To find a donor center or schedule an appointment (though walk-ins are welcome), visit www.bloodassurance.org or call 423-756-0966.

* Chattanooga Heroes Run/Walk: The 5-mile run/walk (one mile for each life lost) will begin at the Naval Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center, 4051 Amnicola Highway, at 8 a.m. and follow part of the path emergency workers took on July 16, 2015. The route then connects to the Tennessee Riverwalk, winds through UTC's campus and ends on Fifth Street, just south of the Challenger Center. Registration starts at 6 a.m. across from Challenger Field; participants and fans will be bused to the race start. A 1-mile kids fun run through UTC's campus (for kids in eighth grade or younger) begins at 10 a.m. The Challenger Center will host a family expo after the run. Profits from the event will be used to build a permanent memorial near the NOSC off Amnicola. www.chattanoogaheroesrun.com.

* Memorial ride: Biker registration begins at 9:30 a.m. for the NoogaStrong Memorial Ride starting from Thunder Creek Harley-Davidson, 7720 Lee Highway. A riders meeting is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Kickstands go up at 11 a.m. The ride ends at Chattanooga National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Ave. There is a $15 registration per bike or vehicle (no fee for passengers). Proceeds go to Wreaths Across America. Register online at www.NoogaStrongRide.com. For more information, call 423-310-7621 or 706-996-6303.

* Chattanooga Remembers: Mayor Andy Berke will lead a memorial ceremony, including manning the rail, presentation of colors, singing of the national anthem in ceremonies beginning at 10:40 a.m. at Ross's Landing, 200 Riverfront Parkway. At 11 a.m., the approximate time of the first report of gunfire at the Navy Operations Support Center, the USS Chattanooga bell will ring five times. The program will conclude with an opportunity for all in attendance to drop flower petals into the Tennessee River.

* Chattanooga Strong Together: From Grief to Hope: Faith leaders will gather at 2:30 p.m. in the UTC University Center for a program aimed at seeking healing and unity among the various socio-religious groups in the community. Former Congressman Mark Siljander, author of "Deadly Misunderstanding: A Congressman's Quest To Bridge the Muslim-Christian Divide," will speak on how to harness the power of faith for building bridges of understanding and reconciliation.

* Q & Brew: This after-hours event Saturday at Chattanooga Zoo will have a NoogaStrong component.

* Memorabilia auction: Winning bids on team gear and other items at Saturday's Chattanooga Lookouts game will go to the families of the Fallen Five.

* Chattanooga Unite at Riverfront Nights: Solemn ceremonies precede the opening night of the concert series at Ross's Landing.

* Illumination of the Fallen Five mural: Just after sundown (around 9 p.m.), WTCI will show the short documentary it has produced about the mural on a 22- by 100-foot outside wall of the Tennessee Wholesale Florist Building, 1715 McCallie Ave. Then the permanent nighttime lighting will be illuminated. Artist Kevin Bate spent nearly a year completing the memorial, which bears the likenesses of the Fallen Five. Traffic will be rerouted around the 1700 block of McCallie Avenue during the program.