Joe Barger

Ringgold is nearing one of its most respected and patriotic times of year with its bi-annual "Festival of Flags" celebration, and organizers for the event are seeking volunteers to help with the setup.

Twice a year, for the two weeks surrounding Memorial and Veteran's Days, the city of Ringgold honors fallen soldiers from Catoosa County by erecting an American flag and wooden cross with that person's name and service on it.

With the fall portion of the year's celebration less than a month away, event organizers are seeking volunteers to help set up and take down the flags.

"We're needing some folks to help us get the flags up, and then some to help us collect them back up," said former mayor Joe Barger. "Each time we have more flags, so we need more folks to help us out."

Barger says November's festival will include 1,396 flags, which is 56 more than in May.

The setup begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, with the takedown scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the effort can call Ringgold City Hall at 706-935-3061, or Barger directly at 706-935-2019.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at