It’s a symbol of hate to many, but for one local group the Confederate battle flag is a symbol of history, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans will celebrate the “stars and bars” next month.
The group will sponsor a Confederate Flag Day to honor the history they hold dear.
“We as the sons revere the history of our families of the South and of America, and with that we wish to keep our history alive and our heritage along with that,” said Gary Casteel of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Critics of the flag, including Greater Harrisburg NAACP president Stanley Lawson, say our history of slavery is nothing to celebrate.
“The Confederate flag does not unite the country, it divides the country,” Lawson said. “I think this time in our history we need to be together.”
“The Confederate flag may have done some nasty things, so did the American Flag, so why don’t we take them both down? Why don’t we destroy both of them and turn our backs on them?” Casteel said. “It’s simple. We are Americans. We have the right to choose to like or dislike. The right way is to accept and move and learn by it.”
The gathering will be held at the Farnsworth House Inn off Baltimore Street on March 5, from 2-4 p.m.
SOURCE: Mike Parker