Veterans Bridge Flag Raising Ceremony Set For Friday

Monday, November 6, 2017

Ahead of Veterans Day, the City of Chattanooga will honor the country’s service men and women with the installation of new American flags on Veterans Bridge. The flags, which will be raised during a ceremony on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Bluff View Art District Sculpture Garden, will fly alongside the five permanent flags that are in memory of the four marines and sailor, who were killed on July 16, 2015.

Mayor Andy Berke, the City Council, the Chattanooga Police Department, and families and citizens who donated flags in honor of veterans will be in attendance

The City of Chattanooga launched the Veterans Bridge Flag Initiative in May 2014 to ensure those who bravely served the country would continue to be honored through American flags flying on Veterans Bridge.

Any group or person who wishes to honor a service man or woman can do so by donating the cost of a flag which is $75. Honorees receive a proclamation recognizing their service to their country and announcing the pole number from which their flag flies. Flags are up for six months and switched twice a year around Veterans Day and Armed Forces Day.

On Veterans Day 2015, five permanent flags were raised in memory of the five fallen servicemen killed on July 16, 2015. The flags are on poles W6, W7, W8, W9, and W9 on the west side of the bridge where there is a sidewalk, allowing people to visit and pay respects.

Prior to the Veterans Bridge Flag Initiative, an anonymous donor supplied all the funds annually for 10 years to replace each of the American flags hanging on Veterans Bridge – a total of about $40,000. The city created a way to continue the important tradition after being notified in 2013 that the anonymous donor could no longer continue to provide those funds.


Rotary Club Of Chattanooga Hamilton Place Honors Veterans

Jim McDonald Named State Emergency Management Volunteer Of The Year

Construction Closings Announced For W. 13th Street And E. 7th Street


The Rotary Club of Chattanooga Hamilton Place hosted featured speaker Joe Dana as club members paid their respects and honored Rotary Club members and guests who are veterans. Mr. Dana was ... (click for more)

Jim McDonald of Whitfield County has been named Volunteer/Citizen of the Year by the Emergency Management Association of Georgia. Mr. McDonald, who was nominated by the Whitfield County EMA, ... (click for more)

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Happenings

Rotary Club Of Chattanooga Hamilton Place Honors Veterans

The Rotary Club of Chattanooga Hamilton Place hosted featured speaker Joe Dana as club members paid their respects and honored Rotary Club members and guests who are veterans. Mr. Dana was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States in 1954. He graduated from the University of Georgia and Georgia Law School. His parents were living and working in the Philippines as ... (click for more)

Jim McDonald Named State Emergency Management Volunteer Of The Year

Jim McDonald of Whitfield County has been named Volunteer/Citizen of the Year by the Emergency Management Association of Georgia. Mr. McDonald, who was nominated by the Whitfield County EMA, received the award on Nov. 6 in Young Harris at Brasstown Valley Resort during EMAG’s 60 th annual state meeting. Mr. McDonald has volunteered his time for Whitfield County’s Community ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Planning Commission Recommends Denial For Permit For Ooltewah Sewage Treatment Plant

The Planning Commission on Monday afternoon recommended denial for a sewage treatment plant for Ooltewah on Mahan Gap Road. The final decision will be by the County Commission, which will hold a zoning committee meeting on Dec. 12 and a regular session on Dec. 19. Opponents to the project overflowed the meeting room at the County Courthouse and dozens who could not get inside ... (click for more)

Man Shot And Killed Monday Morning When Police Officers Respond To Shots Fired Call

Chattanooga police officers responded to a shots fired call at 6:13 a.m. on Monday in the 5000 block of 15th Avenue. A reporting party said the suspect was walking in the street, displaying a firearm, and firing shots at houses. Upon arrival, officers encountered an armed male suspect matching the description given by the reporting party. Officers engaged with the suspect, ... (click for more)

Opinion

Thanks To First Volunteer Bank

Thank you to the Highway 58 branch of First Volunteer Bank. On behalf of the Ernie Pyle Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, I would like to express our appreciation to the manager and staff of the HIghway 58 Branch of First Volunteer Bank for putting on a Veterans Day lunch in the lobby of your bank on Friday, Nov. 9. It was a cold and rainy day and Army, Marines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Pete, Never Forget’

Sometimes I don’t tend to myself quite like I should. Think of it as a bad habit. So last week I took some time away from the computer, away from my morning readings and newspapers and TV, so I could tap my reset button. Things happen when you get old and some of them aren’t good. Thank goodness there is hardly anything today that has no solution if you keep trying and stay in the ... (click for more)