Flag Erected By Sons Of Confederate Veterans
POSTED: 7:54 pm CDT April 11, 2005
UPDATED: 4:57 pm CDT April 12, 2005

VERBENA, Ala. — A huge Confederate flag now waves high above motorists traveling Interstate 65 in Autauga County. For some, it symbolizes a rich southern history, but others acknowledge that it could be seen as offensive.

“I like it because we’re from the south, and I’m a big southern girl,” said Kim Jones, a Verbena resident.

The 20- by 30-foot Confederate flag can be seen for miles and is located at mile marker 194. It sits on private property with the land cleared by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The organization, which claims to be nonprofit and not political, issued a press release, saying, “We will be flying our flag at this location on a temporary basis for the month of April.”

“It doesn’t offend me, but I can see where it would offend some people,” said Jean Harris, a local resident. “But I see it more as heritage and history.”

With the help of a 100-foot flagpole, the Sons of the Confederate Veterans hope Alabamians and visitors traveling this stretch of the interstate will remember the state’s history and heritage.

Organizers said after landscaping is complete, the flag will be flying permanently at this site and a dedication ceremony is scheduled for June 26. The flag has been on display about a week.

State legislators said they’ve been contacted about the flag but have yet to see it for themselves.

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