Brantley Gilbert Announces Details of Chattanooga Unite Benefit Concert
True to his word, Brantley Gilbert has revealed the preliminary details for an event to honor those killed during the mid-July shootings at a military recruiting center and a Navy-Marine training center in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Chattanooga Unite: A Tribute on the River is set for Sept. 16, the two-month anniversary of the shootings. The event will begin at 2PM and feature an Armed Forces parade, a free concert headlined by Gilbert and fireworks. Samuel L. Jackson, a Chattanooga native, will emcee the happenings, and additional special guests, as well as more details, will be announced in the coming weeks.
Chattanooga Unite will be free to attend, but collection bins will be placed throughout the event to encourage donations, all of which will benefit the National Compassion Fund. The event will honor all servicemen and -women, but specifically U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, U.S Marine Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, U.S. Marine Sgt. Carson Holmquist, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Skip Wells and U.S. Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith, all of whom were killed during the shootings.
Days after the shootings, on July 20, Gilbert called into a Chattanooga radio station to explain his plans for the event.
“It pissed me off,” Gilbert says of the shootings, “but at the same time, I want do everything I can just to see if I can reach out and help these families a little bit, add my condolences to the families and all the people in Chattanooga … We can’t ever give ‘em back [their loved ones], but maybe we can give ‘em a little something.”
More information is available at ChattanoogaUnite.com.