The events that unfolded on Thursday, July 16th, in our neighboring Chattanooga have touched everyone in one way or another…
We’ve all seen the senseless and cowardly acts of violence on our TV’s and heard about them in the news in the past, but never have we seen anything so close to home as we saw that Thursday. The lives of four brave U.S. Marines and one brave U.S. Navy officer were taken by a cowardly act of terror and violence. Five families lost their loved ones as they gave the ultimate sacrifice for our great country while doing their jobs.
Through the tragedy has shined bright the spirit and compassion of the people of the Tennessee Valley, and it has brought out the best in our local communities and the entire tri-state area.
From cards, signs and balloons, to local businesses displaying support, even through song, Chattanoogans are showing strength through big acts of kindness…and small.
The National Center for Victims of Crime has opened the National Compassion Fund Chattanooga to support the victims’ families. It is the only straight-to-victim fund of its kind in the country. There are several ways to donate to the National Compassion fund:
Online at nationalcompassionfund.org or text the word ‘HOPE’ to 84465 to donate $10 via text message.
Funeral homes across the area have memorial books for those who would like to leave their condolences to the families of the four Marines and the Navy officer who were killed Thursday.
Heritage Funeral Home East Brainerd Road Chapel will have a room of remembrance for anyone in the community who would like to come by and sign a book for the families of the fallen military. You can share your condolences or light a memorial candle Monday thru Friday until 5:00 pm.
The funeral homes will send the books to the families.
Other ways you can help include donating blood now at any are Blood Assurance location. On a typical day, Blood Assurance distributes 130 units of red cells, plasma, and platelets to Erlanger Health System. In the 24 hours after the Chattanooga shootings, Erlanger required 680 units of lifesaving blood products.
While the tragedy is now past, they still ask for your continued help in meeting the needs here at home. If you are currently eligible to give, please visit a Blood Assurance center or mobile near you today.
July 16th, 2015… We’ll never forget these brave men who gave their lives and we’ll always remain #ChattanoogaStrong / #NoogaStrong!