NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Governor Bill Haslam paid tribute to five service members killed in Chattanooga last year and an Ashland City soldier killed in Iraq.
Sgt. Lee Reese died in Iraq in 2005. He graduated from Cheatham County Central High School and joined the Army National Guard just a month after graduation. He was 22 years old.
The governor gave his parents a gold star family salute.
The five service members killed in a domestic terrorism attack in Chattanooga last year were also honored.
”I think it’s important for Memorial Day that they all be remembered; not just ours, but all of them be honored, and it being so close to the anniversary date, I think it’s important,” said Cathy Wells, mother of LCpl. Skip Wells who was shot and killed in the Chattanooga attack.
Also honored Friday was 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Jr. The Knoxville marine was killed in action in the Korean War.