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Veterans Bridge Flag Initiative


Thirty American flags fly throughout the year on Chattanooga's Veterans Bridge. Since January 2003, the money to purchase each of those flags has been provided by an anonymous donor. At a rate of approximately 70 flags per year (they must be replaced periodically due to wear and tear caused by environmental conditions), over the course of the ten years, this person donated 700 flags.

In early 2014, the City was told that this citizen would no longer able to continue providing the funds for the flags. We are very grateful for his/her incredibly thoughtful and generous donation over these past 10 years.

Recently a Chattanooga businessman, Scott McKenzie, contacted Transportation to ask if he could donate a flag in honor of his father, a retired Coast Guard Captain. He explained that 10 years ago, on the occasion of his father's 90th birthday, he had donated the money to pay for one in his father's honor, and then he created a certificate, with his father's name, that proclaimed a flag on the Veterans Bridge flew in his honor. Mr. McKenzie says that of all of his father's numerous certificates and awards which cover the walls in his house, he is the most proud of that certificate for the flag on the bridge.

To mark Cpt R.T.Allen McKenzie's 100th birthday, his son Scott once again requested that he be able to provide another flag and certificate for him. Out of this gesture a new program immerged: The Veterans Bridge Flag Initiative.

Any individual who wishes to honor a service man or woman by donating the cost of a flag on the bridge may now do so. Each flag is $75 and will fly on a numbered pole on the bridge from Armed Forces Day in May until Veterans Day in November. Another 30 flags will then be raised on Veterans Day and fly until Armed Forces Day. Each honoree will be given a personalized proclamation, signed by Mayor Andy Berke, recognizing their service and listing the pole number from which their flag flies.

The five poles in the center of the west side of the bridge will fly flags permanently in memory of the five servicemen who perished in the July 2015 tragedy.


How to Apply

For many years, flags have been flown proudly on Chattanooga's Veterans Bridge in honor of the men and women who served in our nation's armed forces. In response to numerous requests from the citizens of Chattanooga, the City has created a program through which individuals may honor veterans by purchasing flags in their names. A $75 donation will provide a flag which will fly on the Veterans Bridge and a mayoral proclamation recognizing the honoree's dedicated service.

  • Each pole will have an assigned, unique number so that donors, friends, and family members will be able to identify which flag has been donated on behalf of the honoree.
  • One Mayoral proclamation per flag will be created. The proclamation may honor an individual, family or organization.
  • The flag will fly for 6 months or until such time as weather damage requires its replacement, whichever comes first.
  • Checks or money orders for $75 per flag payable to the City of Chattanooga mailed to Chattanooga Department of Transportation, Flag Initiative, 1250 Market St, Suite 3030, Chattanooga, TN 37402.
  • Once removed, the flag can be provided to the donor, if desired, or will be donated to the Boy Scouts of America. Flags must be picked up within 30 days from the VBFI Coordinator (Caroline C Johnson) at CDOT Traffic Operations Division, 1010 East 11th Street, Chattanooga TN 37403
  • Due to the limited number of poles, flags will be displayed on a first come, first served basis. Because of the strong response we have received for donations this year, it may be up to a year or possibly longer before the flag you donated is raised on the bridge. In all cases we will send you a notice and, if requested, the proclamation when the flag is raised.


Click Here for the Application

Example Proclamation Here


Development Resource Center
1250 Market Street, Suite 3030 (map)
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Office Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: (423) 643-5950

Request new or report problems with existing traffic control devices by calling 311, (423) 643-6311, or by visiting CHA311.com.

Photo by Phillip Stevens and Matt Lea