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