REPORTING: RABBIT ZIELKE
The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium has been one of Chattanooga’s largest civic centers since 1924. Dedicated to Hamilton County citizens that served in the US Military, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium has seen a few renovations and upgrades over the years. Some of the spaces in the facility are in need of work now. The City of Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts and Culture is working with concerned citizens and veterans groups to raise the needed funds to repair the community theater spaces upstairs at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium.
On July 1st the Chattanooga Music Club will host their 4th Annual Patriotic Concert, a salute to the armed forces. The concert is free to the public but donations are encouraged. This concert will be a part of the kick off campaign to raise funds for the much-needed renovations. The 700 seat Community Theater is in need of repairs, paint, and upgrades to meet ADA compliance.
Veterans groups and concerned citizens have been providing suggestions to help the Department of Education Arts and Culture determine the best use of the facilities that will enhance the venue and help memorialize veterans, in keeping with the original intent of the building. Some of the suggestions include murals, military exhibits, and a recreation/employment center to help returning veterans transition back into the civilian workforce.
The event on July 1st includes a drop off point for care package donations. Items will be collected and shipped to our armed forces serving in Afghanistan. They will be collecting items in front of the auditorium from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm and 4 to 6 pm. The concert starts at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a candle light vigil. For more information call 423.425.7823.
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