Veterans Bridge Flag Initiative Now Underway After Gifts Stop From 10-Year Donor

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The city of Chattanooga Transportation Department announced the opportunity to honor an individual U.S. service man or woman is now available through the Veterans Bridge Flag Initiative.

Transportation Administrator Blythe Bailey said an anonymous donor for the past 10 years has supplied all the funds to replace the flags each year. However, those gifts are no longer forthcoming.

He said the donor over the years gave some $40,000 to keep the flags in place. 

Thirty American flags fly from May through November each year on Chattanooga’s Veterans Bridge. Through the Veterans Bridge Flag Initiative, any group or individual who wishes to honor a service man or woman can do so by donating the cost of a flag. Each flag is $75 and will fly on a numbered pole on the bridge from May 1 until after Veterans Day in November. Honorees will receive a certificate, signed by Mayor Andy Berke, recognizing their service to the country and proclaiming the pole number from which their flag flies. The flags will be offered to the donors at the end of the season.

Transportation Administrator Bailey said four people volunteered on Tuesday afternoon to provide flags.

City Councilman Jerry Mitchell said, "Put me down to make five."

 


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