In a somber voice, Patty Parks, a retired U.S. Navy Commander, gave the last roll call to honor the fallen soldiers that died this year from the Chattanooga area.
Several hundred sat in silence while others stood from a distance near the Armed Forces Pavilion at the Chattanooga National Cemetery during today’s Memorial Day service.
“I’m honored to recognize our fallen veterans for the past year and saddened,” Parks said to the crowd.
From the distance, people could be seen placing flowers along the graves of veterans. A small American flag waved in the breeze in front of each tombstone.
When Vietnam veteran Roger Helle spoke he pointed out that the soldiers still serving must also be remembered today.
“If we do not honor the ones who are serving now and by doing that keeping America free ... we dishonor those who paid the ultimate price,” he said.
Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...