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An Open Letter & Open Report – Furl My Flag
March 25, 2020
Furl My Flag
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
It almost makes no difference nowadays whether I have my flag in hand, or not; someone will call out my name, and in more time than not, will want to pose with me for a picture, or just present me with a hug.
It makes no difference what the President has said about “social distancing.” Yesterday, March 24, 2020, my dear mom’s birthday, as I was leaving the grocery store, I heard this baby boy shout, “Mama, daddy, that’s him! There’s Mr. HK!”
And to my amazement, he broke into a dead run, heading straight for me with his arms wide open. I heard his mother call out “Stephen” to him! It was too late. That baby boy had his arms locked around me.
“Mr. HK, look,” he said, taking off his coat to show me the Dixie Outfitters shirt with my likeness on it. “My papa sent me this from Tennessee. He said he bought it at the Foundry during a Lee/Jackson Banquet, and that he left you a donation for the war you fight so gallantly every day for the Confederate soldier, and their ancestors.”
“And, me and my dad, we’ve been carrying around in his car a donation to give you ever since, like papa did.” By this time, Stephen’s mom was standing alongside us. “Yes, Stephen, your dad went back to the car to get it.”
It turned out that Stephen had been saving half of his allowance, and every dime he could muster to put into this big jar for me, hoping that one day soon he would see me on the street with my flag and could give me this fortune.
I tried not to take it, but the baby boy began to tear up. And, his dad pleaded, “Please take it Mr. HK.” And I did, and had to hug mama, daddy and Stephen!
After they had driven off, I began to think about what the President had said about “social distancing.” And worst of all, I thought that maybe the time had come for my own sake that I might have to furl my flag, or the worst case scenario; I might have to go into hiding until this evil called CoronaVirus would leave our land. Today, an order was issued that the entire County of Buncombe was to be put on lockdown after 8:00 PM.
And, in less than ten seconds after my first thought, I was wondering where I could post the Southern Cross tomorrow, and not have to worry about “social distancing.” God bless you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors Emeritus, Southern Legal Resource Center
Member, Save Southern Heritage Florida
Honorary Associate Member, Abner Baker Chapter #14, United Daughters of the Confederacy
Honorary Life Member, Longstreet Zollicoffer Camp 87, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, Bradford Rose Camp 1638, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, Forrest Orphans Camp 1744, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Honorary Life Member, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia Orders of the Confederate Rose
President, Southern Heritage 411