5 months ago yesterday, four Marines and one sailor died in an attack on military sites in Chattanooga. Yesterday evening also yielded an official determination on the attack by the FBI: a “homegrown violent extremist.” Meanwhile, the Navy announced that it would award the Purple Heart to the men who died as well as the hero who was wounded that day. From The Chattanoogan:
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said, “Following an extensive investigation, the FBI and NCIS have determined that this attack was inspired by a foreign terrorist group, the final criteria required for the awarding of the Purple Heart to this sailor and these Marines.
“This determination allows the Department of the Navy to move forward immediately with the award of the Purple Heart to the families of the five heroes who were victims of this terrorist attack, as well as to the surviving hero.”
Life has gotten back to normal, but there are displays throughout the city that mark the memory of that tragic day. We may have returned to our daily routines, but I don’t believe we will ever forget.