Confederate ‘mega-flag’ to ripple over Trimble

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Construction on one of the most visible promontories in West Tennessee for a massive Confederate flag and plaza is expected to begin in June.

Trimble resident Hamilton Parks, a life member of the heritage group Sons of Confederate Veterans, donated a 50-by-50 foot parcel north of where his great-grandfather’s log cabin was located, adjacent to Pierce Cemetery.

The "Parks Cemetery Ridge Memorial Plaza" is planned to be a circular sitting area with the focal point an 85-foot pole with a 20-by-30-foot Confederate flag flying overhead. A granite marker on the plaza, one of four from a former Civil War-era theater in Richmond, Va., will include the SCV charge and other inscriptions dedicated to Confederate soldiers.

The project is part of an effort to place the "mega-flags" on prominent locations across the South. The flag will be lighted at night, said Parks.

Bill Foster, past commander of the SCV camp in Union City, is coordinating the plaza and flag work with Parks.

"We hope it will draw some interest from people who want to know more about the Confederacy," said Foster. "It’s about heritage. We don’t want to give the wrong impression to anyone. This is about true history and heritage."

Parks said 11 Confederate veterans are buried in the nearby cemetery, which make the place ideal for the monument.

Foster said the flag’s location, visible from the future I-69 "and halfway between Canada and Mexico," made it suitable for the national SCV organization to contribute to the construction cost.

© 2008 State Gazette

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