Veterans Day is fast approaching and one north Georgia community is working hard to put together a display to say ‘thank you’ to those who have served.
Twice a year the city of Ringgold holds its Festival of Flags event. One of the organizers, Gilbert Childers, says streets will be painted red white and blue, decorated with American flags to honor fallen veterans.
"They lived here, some were born and raised here, some moved here from other areas, but if they have lived in Catoosa county that was the basic criteria,” Childers explained.
If you've ever been in Ringgold during Veterans Day or Memorial Day, you've probably seen the breath taking display of flags. It’s why volunteers like Tommy Hayes volunteer each year.
"I think this is a great way to show our respect for our deceased service men and women. Every cross we put up is for someone who's passed away,” Hayes said.
Since the 1970's, the city of Ringgold salutes fallen soldiers by raising an American flag bearing a cross with the veteran's name and service on it.
Volunteers began laying poles Wednesday morning.
"We couldn't do it without all of the volunteers to put them up. We spend of course a lot of time getting ready. But the 12 or 15 people that do that background work couldn't handle it by themselves,” Childers said.
This year, they are adding 58 new veterans and they need volunteers to help put the flags up and take them down.
Volunteers say it's a tradition that's put Ringgold on the map to salute the men and women who served our country.
"We’ve had people come through town visiting and they're really amazed that a town the size of Ringgold can do this size of a project and they say they're going to take pictures to show people at home to see if we can get something going,” Hayes said.
Saturday the festival of flags will also have a dedication ceremony for Lonnie Rinehart, he was Catoosa County's first veteran killed in WWII. That ceremony will be on Saturday, November 12th at the intersection of Highway 41 and Battlefield Parkway.
Volunteers interested will meeting at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at the old City Annex building directly behind Ringgold First Baptist Church.
They also need volunteers to help with the take down on Friday, Nov. 18. at 9 a.m.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Ringgold City Hall at 706-935-3061.