More than 300 trees will be planted in Ringgold Oct. 27-28 by the community group known as Trees for Ringgold
. The goal of the group is to rebuild, repair and revitalize the city of Ringgold in the wake of the devastating April 27 tornado. At present, the main focus is on planting trees for residences and businesses in the downtown area and some areas nearby. At least one "7 gallon" tree, roughly six feet tall, will be free of charge, to each property owner in these areas. The Ringgold Remembrance and Renewal Ceremony on the Catoosa County Courthouse lawn will take place at 4 p.m. on Oct. 27, the six-month anniversary of the storm. All of the volunteers will be in attendance; a large number of Ringgold citizens is expected. Local and state dignitaries have been invited to attend. This ceremony will kick off with a performance by the award winning Ringgold High School Marching Band, and will feature local musical talent. The ceremony will culminate by planting a large tree on the lawn. On Saturday, Oct. 29, there will be a Youth Tree Workshop to educate youth about the importance of trees in the environment and how to plant and nurture a tree. Each child attending will receive a seedling to plant.