Ring­gold’s Fes­ti­val of Flags Com­mit­tee re­ceives a $500 do­na­tion from the Ten­nessee Val­ley Veter­ans Ben­e­fit.

The Catoosa County News - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Cook [email protected]

A Ten­nessee-based veter­ans group do­nated a gen­er­ous amount of money to the Ring­gold Fes­ti­val of Flags Com­mit­tee in an ef­fort to help sup­port one of the city’s most beloved tra­di­tions.

The city of Ring­gold’s bian­nual “Fes­ti­val of Flags” cel­e­bra­tion is an event that honors de­ceased mil­i­tary veter­ans from Ca­toosa County by proudly fly­ing an Amer­i­can flag in their honor in ad­di­tion to a wooden cross don­ning their name.

Lo­cals and tourists alike drive through Ring­gold to see the flags dur­ing the two weeks that sur­round Me­mo­rial and Veter­ans Days. But the event couldn’t be as suc­cess­ful as it has be­come with­out the Ring­gold Veter­ans Me­mo­rial Flag Com­mit­tee that plans, erects, and takes down the flags dur­ing each cel­e­bra­tion.

That group was joined at City Hall on Satur­day, Dec. 15, by mem­bers of the Ten­nessee Val­ley Vet­eran’s Ben­e­fit, who do­nated $500 to the cause.

For­mer long-time mayor Joe Barger ac­cepted the check on be­half of the com­mit­tee.

“Peo­ple see the flags, but there’s more to them than just get­ting them up and tak­ing them down,” Barger said. “We thank you for this money, we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

Dur­ing the last “Fes­ti­val of Flags” that oc­curred around Veter­ans Day, more than 1,600 flags were erected through­out town to honor those who’ve served from Ca­toosa County, Barger said.

/ Adam Cook

Mem­bers of the Ten­nessee Val­ley Veter­ans Ben­e­fit made a $500 do­na­tion to the Ring­gold Veter­ans Me­mo­rial Flag Com­mit­tee group on Dec. 15. The money will go to­ward help­ing fund the city’s bian­nual “Fes­ti­val of Flags” cel­e­bra­tion. Front row, from left: TVVB mem­ber Rocky Sanders presents for­mer Ring­gold mayor Joe Barger with the check. Back row, from left: TVVB mem­bers Frank Fe­jeran and Gary Reeves, Flag Com­mit­tee mem­ber Porter Buff, Ring­gold Mayor Nick Mill­wood, Mill­wood’s daugh­ters Molly and So­phie, Flag Com­mit­tee vol­un­teers Jackie Wof­ford, Steve Wof­ford, Pete Pedigo, Ma­son In­gle, Tommy Hayes, Jan Swal­lows, Bill Har­vey and Billy Rhine­hart.

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