(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) — Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Vice President Joe Biden attended a memorial for the victims of last month’s shooting in Chattanooga on Saturday, calling the victims “patriots” and urging Americans to come together.
“As we gather today, we cannot eras the pain of our loss,” Carter said, “but still we come together. As fellow citizens to honor these five fallen patriots. To mourn with those who loved them.” Carter also said that he has directed the military services to “fundamentally review their domestic security procedures” and to “improve the security and source protection of our personnel.” That decision came in the wake of the Chattanooga shooting that saw four Marines and a Navy sailor killed in attacks at a pair of military facilities.
The vice president called the victims the best of America, and part of the one percent who choose to fight to defend the United States. “We are unyielding,” Biden said. “The country has and still stands with you, and it will remember what you’ve done.”
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