The Navy, the Marine Forces Reserve and the city of Chattanooga will hold a service Saturday to honor the Naval officer and four Marines killed in the July 16 attacks on two recruiting centers in the city.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke are all expected to attend, the Navy announced Tuesday.
The service will honor the fallen service members, express appreciation to the Chattanooga Police Department and emergency responders and thank the community for its support.
It will be held at the McKenzie Arena at 2 p.m. There will only be seating for 8,500 people on a first-come, first-served basis.
The memorial service is scheduled nearly one month after 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez killed the service members at the U.S. Naval and Marine Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway. Chattanooga police shot and killed Abdulazeez during the incident.
The four Marines killed were Thomas Sullivan, Squire “Skip” Wells, David Wyatt and Carson Holmquist. U.S. Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith also was shot and died in a hospital two days later.