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As we were coming back from Point Lookout State Park in Southern Maryland this weekend, we passed a park dedicated to the Confederate soldiers who'd been held at a prison camp nearby during the Civil War. The Confederate flag holds pride of place at the center of the memorial. It flies higher than the other flags there, including the US flag. Should Confederate flags be removed from public memorials as well as government buildings? Or are they merely historical in this context?
No, the confederate flag needs not be removed from a confederate memorial. But it should also always fly at a lower height than the stars and stripes. That's common flag etiquette in this country and the people that operate this memorial should know it.
This is historical in context and flag is appropriate where it is. It needs to be subordinated to the national flag. Otherwise it should not be flying on government builidings and public property However, public memorials relevant to the Civil War and the Confederacy, should be no problem.
Wilderness is seeing snow, I just see backpedaling.
Come on Cred. Is it purely a negative symbol of hatred and racism to you all the time, or just times where you think it is inappropriate.
ps. I will have a piece from the center with not too much icing.
I believe there is still a kind of mole inside trying to bring USA down
Sorry DF, I should clarify display of the flag at relevant public monuments is ok, much like it would be acceptable in a State museum or municipal art gallery.
It is absolutely appropriate for it to fly at the location you described. But, as others have said here, it should be flying below the American flag.
That there are even memorials for traitors of the United States is beyond me. It makes no sense. That being said the flag should be part of the memorial, not flying proudly anywhere near our flag.
This is done In the spirit of national reconciliation in response to this tragic event. Despite their insurrection, they remain Americans still and part of the tapestry of our shared history.
"Traitors" is a strong word. Considering the Southern white population was about 5 million vs. 18.5 Northern population, that's a lot of traitors.
Do you also feel the War of Independence generals and leaders were traitors?
It is called a civil war for a reason.
"With malice toward none and charity for all", this is what Abraham Lincoln said when he invited the rebellous states back into the Union at his inaugural in March, 1865.
So, I figure that if so great a man can be so gracious toward a vanquished enemy after 4 years of bitter conflict, I, in response should be able to see my way clear to move on after 150 years. This in honor of the memory of Mr. Lincoln, and his vision. I take his advice as to how he intended us to relate to one another after the guns were finally silent.
CassandraCae I have never thought of the Confederate soldiers as traitors. You have an interesting point of view. I have to admit that I had to look at your profile to see where you are from.
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