Confederate Group Not Allowed in Ironton Memorial Day Parade
Posted: May 15, 2009
IRONTON, Ohio (AP) – A group of Confederate Army descendants is upset its members can’t march in an Ohio Memorial Day parade dating back to a few years after the Civil War.
A nearby Kentucky chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans asked to march in the Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade but has been turned down by organizers.
Chapter members say their ancestors deserve to be memorialized.
But parade grand marshal Arthur Pierson says he didn’t think it was right that the group planned to carry the Confederate battle flag.
Pierson says there is only one flag, and that’s the U.S. flag.
Officials in Ironton in southern Ohio say the parade first held in 1868 is considered the oldest continuously held Memorial Day parade in the nation.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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