10/19/2004 10:26 PM
By: News 14 Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte City Council’s Community Relations Committee listened to opinions Tuesday night on whether the Confederate flag should continue to fly at the historic Elmwood Cemetery.

“We’re here because that flag represents to us our history and our heritage,” said Rich Woods of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. “It’s there in honor of men who died defending their homes honorably.”

Charlotte resident Michael Brooks said the flag should stay.

"It’s a part of history; we can’t erase history,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that it leaves a bad taste in some people’s mouths — myself included. But it’s still a part of our history.”

The committee will take all of the opinions into account and then make a recommendation to City Manager Pam Syfert.

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