(WDEF) For more than a decade.. A mystery donor made sure that new flags flew over veterans bridge.
Over the years... The donor spent forty thousand dollars on flags as a tribute to our veterans.
But now the mystery benefactor is having to give it up.
So Chattanooga's Transportation department is keeping the tradition alive.
"We in this city are proud..." Scott McKenzie who offered that moving invocation this morning came up and said, "how about we do this a little bit differently", and ask if he could donate some funds to make sure that we had one flag in honor of his dad. That gave us the idea to invite others do so. And again and again many people in the audience did so.
We talked a little bit about whether we should pick out a couple of the names and talk little bit about them. Feel to indulge me for just a minute. I'd like to do each and everyone of them. Lieut. Gary Ellis, Sgt Charles Trey Thomas III. Third class motor-machinist's mate William Johnson Jr. of the U.S. Navy. W-2, second one from the other side of the bridge. A lot of things go through my mind when I talk about the war. It's ah... it's indelibly imprinted in my mind.
In honor of the service of these great Americans, would you please stand and join me as we place the final flag on veterans bridge. I think is wonderful. I really, it makes me proud. I was always proud so see those flags as I across bridge. But now it has a very personal thing when I go across the bridge. And I told my friends when they go across this bridge now, when they get that second break poll, the better salute.