Navy Chaplains Offer Support at Memorial
Loss of Chattanooga Military Men Felt By Entire Community
A slow march of visitors lined around a blend of American flags, patriotic balloons, and makeshift signs with messages written to the fallen at the memorial outside the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
It's such a shock and surprise that something like this would happen so close to where I live," said Mariah Clark, a Chattanooga native. "These people died for our country and they weren't even out of the country."
"It's like one huge family that lost one of its members," said Cmdr. David Hicks, Navy chaplain from Charleston, South Carolina. "And the love the family pulls together to help us through."
As Hicks moved down the line, with people thanking him for his service, he couldn't help but be thankful for theirs. A woman dressed in blue with eyes full of tears stopped him in his tracks to confide.