Ringgold receives $12,500 to continue tradition honoring veterans
It's a tradition that happens only twice a year-- Ringgold displays hundreds of flags across the city on Memorial and Veteran's Day in honor of veterans in Catoosa County.
This week the city of Ringgold received a check to ensure this tradition carries on for many more years.
"There will be a lot of new flags come Veteran's Day," said Ringgold Mayor Nick Millwood.
The tradition of lining the streets in Ringgold with American flags dates back to the 1990's.
Mayor Millwood says it's a way to show veterans just how much the community cares.
"We gave a gift to the city of Ringgold for their flag fund," said Wayne Peters, Director of Frank P. Pierce Foundation.
Peters presented a $12,500 check on behalf of the foundation to Ringgold's Flag Committee.
The flags are flown twice a year— honoring deceased veterans in Catoosa County.
The money will be used to buy additional flags to replace the weathered and to honor those who have served.
"It's such a generous gift. We had an audible gasp in the room whenever the amount was announced," Mayor Millwood told Channel 3.
Mayor Nick Millwood says a check this size is a gracious gift for veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
"It's not just flags, and it's not just about patriotism, this is also about people's families and their lives," Mayor Millwood added.
The donation also honors those who give their time year after year to make this tradition possible.
"Also we gave the gift in recognition of the many hours of public service and volunteers who keep this flag project going every year," Peters said.
Those volunteers and the check ensuring that through these flags-- veterans will be remembered for years to come.
If you would like to donate to the flag fund or volunteer visit the Ringgold City Hall at 150 Tennessee St. Ringgold, GA 30736 or give them a call at (706) 935-3061