Biden to attend service for Chattanooga shooting victims

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Chattanooga this weekend to honor the five servicemen killed on July 16, according to the Times-Free Press.

Biden will join Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke at the Saturday memorial event at McKenzie Arena.

“I am honored to join Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus for a special military memorial to show our gratitude for the four Marines and sailor who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty on July 16, 2015,” Berke said in a statement through his office. “This is an incredible opportunity to stand together to support our military and show the world we are ‘Chattanooga Strong.'”

The event will honor the four Marines killed — Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Lance Cpl. Squire K. “Skip” Wells, Sgt. Carson Holmquist and Staff Sgt. David Wyatt — and U.S. Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith.

The memorial starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at the arena, at 720 E. Fourth St. The service comes one day before the one-month anniversary of the shooting that killed the men.