Veterans Bridge Flag Raising Ceremony Celebrates 5 Years, Set For Friday, May 17

Monday, May 13, 2019

In recognition of Armed Forces Day, the City of Chattanooga will honor our 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, 411 E. 2nd St. in Chattanooga, will fly alongside the five permanent flags that are in memory of the four Marines and one sailor who were killed on July 16, 2015.
 
The City of Chattanooga launched the Veterans Bridge Flag Initiative in May 2014 to "ensure those who bravely served our country would continue to be honored through American flags flying on Veterans Bridge."
 
On Veterans Day 2015, five permanent flags were raised in memory of the five servicemen killed in the 2015 attacks. The flags are on poles W6, W7, W8, W9, and W10 on the west side of the bridge where there is a sidewalk, allowing people to visit and pay respects.
 
WHO: Mayor Andy Berke, City Council, Chattanooga Police Department, Chattanooga Fire Department, families and citizens who donated flags in honor of veterans

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. In order to participate, visit:
http://www.chattanooga.gov/transportation/traffic-engineering-a-operations/veterans-bridge-flag-initiative or call 311 to make a flag request.

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. After being notified in 2013 that the anonymous donor could no longer continue to provide those funds, the City created this program to continue the tradition.


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