Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to participate in a special road sign installation ceremony located near Tour Stop 5, at the intersection of LaFayette Road and Viniard-Alexander Road, in Chickamauga Battlefield, on Wednesday at 9 a.m.
The park has partnered with Ridgeland High School in Rossville, and specifically with students in the school’s Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education program, to help create new wooden road signs, state monument signs, and mortuary pyramid signs.
Since its inception, these wooden signs have been a part of Chickamauga Battlefield, helping visitors recognize the names of roads, state monuments, and the names and locations of the eight stacked cannon ball pyramids to mark the four Union and four Confederate commanders killed or mortally wounded during the battle. Many of the signs are in dire need of replacing and with this partnership, students at Ridgeland High School are learning valuable skills to transfer to the workforce upon graduation.
This partnership has had a transformative impact on the students, increasing critical thinking skills, knowledge, self-confidence, and motivation to learn, while also providing them ways to enjoy, understand, and connect with the nature, history, and culture of the park, said officials.