Flag raising commemoration ceremony at Chattanooga’s Bluff View sculpture garden

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The city of Chattanooga continued its Memorial Day tradition.

That is, the placing new flags along Veteran’s Bridge.

The citizens who helped fund new flags to honor area veterans joined Mayor Andy Berke for a commemoration ceremony.

Chattanooga residents, city officials and members of our military braved the weather Friday morning for the flag raising ceremony took at the Bluff View Sculpture Garden.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said, “By having these flags on Veterans Bridge we can honor them every day and really add meaning to the lives of people in Chattanooga.”

Some of the flag sponsors include Retired Lieutenent Colonel Chris Cole. He serves as Commander for the local Purple Heart chapter.

Lt. Cmdr. Cole said, “We thought it was appropriate to sponsor a flag in the memory of all of our chapter members, and for the sacrifice of everyone who’s served in the military.”

The city launched the Veterans Bridge Flag Initiative in May of 2014 as a way to ensure those who served our country continue to be honored through the years.

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said, “I think it’s one of the great things that the city of Chattanooga does. This year it’s especially meaningful, given the relationship that my police department and our service members have developed in the aftermath of July 16th.”

This past Veterans Day five permanent flags were raised in the memory of the “Fallen Five” servicemen killed on July 16th.

Mayor Berke said, “We have five flags that fly for the families of our fallen heroes. They recognize the tremendous sacrifice that these heroes made. I’ve shown them those flags to the families myself and know how much it means to them, to have them here in our city.”

Chief Fletcher added, “We’re very grateful to be friends and family with our military community here in town.”

If you’d like to learn how to sponsor a flag in honor of a loved one, contact the city’s transportation department.

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