Veterans Day Parade Bans Confederate Flag
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Yeah, the parade organizers know that TECNHICALLY, Confederate soldiers are American veterans. But they changed their minds (or did they have their minds changed for them?). You decide:
Initially, the organizers – the Homestead/ Florida City Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee – had agreed to allow the flag. But they reversed that decision on Wednesday after Jeffrey Wander, the committee chairman, said he sent out emails asking for people’s opinions. A majority said he should ban the flag.
What "majority"? It’s not all that hard to figure out:
"I can even envision that there won’t be a parade after all of the attempts by the NAACP to threaten the sponsors of the parade into submission," Greg Kalof of the Sons of Confederate Veterans said in an e-mail to the newspaper. "It’s a sad state of affairs when a veterans group, like the Sons of Confederate Veterans, are told that they cannot carry the one flag that represents their group, their ancestors and their heritage."
But many cheered the decision to ban the flag.
"Obviously, I am pleased to see that the wider membership of the MAC had voted the way one had hoped it would vote," said Brad Brown, political action chair of the Miami-Dade branch of the NAACP.
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