CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The U.S. Fleet Forces Band brass quintet and Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Nashville color guard participated in a concert honoring the families of the four Marines and Sailor killed in last month's shooting at NOSC Chattanooga.
Chattanooga Sings for Hope was held at the International Congress of Churches and Ministers (ICCM) Miracle Theater Aug. 8. Event organizers requested the U.S. Fleet Forces Band play a medley of patriotic songs and taps to honor the Chattanooga five.
"These men were our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends," Dr. Michael Chitwood, founder of ICCM, said. "I am very thankful that [I] had the opportunity to sponsor this event."
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) said he was in awe of the sacrifice made by Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells, Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Randall Smith, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, and Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan.
"Today, the men and women who serve volunteer to serve," Fleischmann said. "As we heal as a community, let us resolve that on that day, those five great Americans that gave their lives will never be forgotten."
The event, which organizers began planning three weeks ago, also honored law enforcement officers and first responders in the Chattanooga area.
"This [event] is bigger than we imagined," Willie Kitchens, an event organizer, local pastor, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician, said. "The [USFF] band was gracious, and said they would love to perform tonight."
The USFF band and NOSC Nashville color guard were proud to attend.
"It's an honor to be out here and pay homage to our fellow service men," Chief (Select) Musician Jennifer Lange, a member of the USFF brass quintet, said.