Ring­gold po­lice of­fi­cer do­nates flag to city

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

One of Ring­gold’s finest made a spe­cial con­tri­bu­tion to the city by do­nat­ing a spe­cial flag to be dis­played in town.

Wayne Thax­ton, who serves as as­sis­tant chief and ad­min­is­tra­tive co­or­di­na­tor for the Ring­gold Po­lice De­part­ment, pre­sented the city with a flag from his mil­i­tary days dur­ing the Dec. 10 City Coun­cil meet­ing.

Thax­ton ex­plained that the flag once flew at the Vic­tory Over Amer­ica Palace in Bagh­dad, Iraq.

Con­struc­tion of the palace be­gan in 1991 when then-iraqi Pres­i­dent Sad­dam Hus­sein at­tempted to build it fol­low­ing his as­ser­tion of vic­tory over the U.S. dur­ing the Gulf War.

The palace was never fully com­pleted and later served as a U.S. mil­i­tary base.

Af­ter serv­ing two years in Bagh­dad, Thax­ton brought the flag home and de­cided he’d like to donate it to the city.

“The sig­nif­i­cance of fly­ing an Amer­i­can flag over the Vic­tory Over Amer­ica Palace in Bagh­dad wasn’t lost on me,” Thax­ton said. “This flag was flown there per­son­ally and I’d like to donate this to the city.”

The mayor and coun­cil were hon­ored to ac­cept the flag from Thax­ton.

“What a won­der­ful ges­ture,” Mayor Nick Mill­wood said. “Thank you so much. We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

As for the fu­ture dis­play of the flag, City Man­ager Dan Wright said it’s been sug­gested that the flag re­side at Pa­triot Hall next to the city’s pool.

“Pa­triot Hall was the Amer­i­can Le­gion for a num­ber of years in our city, so maybe dis­play­ing it there would be the right place,” Wright said.

/ Adam Cook

On Mon­day night, Dec. 10, a mem­ber of the Ring­gold Po­lice De­part­ment do­nated a flag that flew at the Vic­tory Over Amer­ica Palace in Bagh­dad, Iraq. From left: City Coun­cil Mem­bers Ran­dall Franks, Sara Clark, Mayor Nick Mill­wood, Ring­gold Po­lice De­part­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tive Co­or­di­na­tor Wayne Thax­ton, Mayor Pro Tem Terry Craw­ford, City Coun­cil Mem­bers Kelly Bo­mar and Larry Black.

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