Florida city to raise controversial flag for Confederate History Day ceremony

A central Florida city has approved the use of a Confederate flag during the upcoming Confederate History Day ceremony.

Belleview, Florida, a town just north of Orlando, has approved the use of the third national Confederate flag, often termed “the blood-stained banner” due to the large red stripe running vertically at its edge. It will be raised to half-staff at 7:30 AM on Wednesday to honor the Confederate soldiers who fought in our national conflict between 1861 and 1865.

Belleview Mayor Christine Dobkowski insists there has never been any controversy over the issue in her city. She noted that Ciil War history is simply part of their lives and is important to remember. “It’s part of the history of our community,” she said.

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The mayor also noted that there has never been any protest about the city’s yearly recognition of Confederate History Day.

Sons of Confederate Veterans 8th Brigade Commander Chuck Kadel said Confederate soldiers are worthy of recognition, according to the Ocala Star Banner.

“(Confederate veterans) were veterans just as American veterans are,” Kadel said.

“We’re just a historical preservation group,” Kadel added. “We try to preserve the history too, not just raising the flag. Today they just want to erase all this history.”

The banner will be raised in recognition of the State of Florida’s implementation of Confederate History Month. The City of Belleview passed its own Confederate History proclamation on April 4.

The Sunshine state supplied a larger percentage of its citizens to the Confederate cause, more than any other Confederate state with some 15,000 soldiers sent to fight. One third of those men never came home and died in service to the lost cause.

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Several years ago a group of supporters of the Confederate flag banded together for a large rally when Marion County was debating the removal of the flag from its government complex.

 

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