From: Jason Rice <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: March 31, 2009
Below was the update on the Harrison Flag ban. Can you please post this to your interesting email page under the other Harrison Flag updates or have the others removed? We now have a favorable relationship with the Harrison Chamber of Commerce and want to ensure that relationship continues.
To all of you who have been interested in the Flag Ban that the Harrison Chamber of Commerce had placed on the Crawdad Days, here is the latest update. A complete and total agreement has been reached. After several months of negotiations, meetings, and sitdowns last Tuesday Everett Burr, Charlie Beavers, and Jason Rice met with the Committee and discussed what would be the proper and best way to handle this situation.
First I would like to thank Layne Wheeler for her stronge and sensible leadership. She helped broker a Win-Win situation for everyone involved. Everything we asked for was granted. I could not be more pleased. Thursday the proposals were taken before the Chamber of Commerce Membership and it was voted on unanimously. Everyone thought it was wonderful and I have recieved calls from CC members thanking me and encouraging me to keep up the good work and "Keep it Flying".
Here is what was ageed upon and it is in writing.
1. Dixie Outfitters can sell their wears flags or T-shirts. I expect they will register next week.
2. The Sons of Confederate Veterans man a booth at the Crawdad Days Festival. It will be manned by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters, and MOSB.
3. If possible the Chamber would like to bring in one of the Black Confederate speakers for a special presentation reguarding their ancestor and their opinion of the Battle Flag and the War Between the States. I have already tried but Nelson Winbush said he is unable to make the trip. He is coming to Hot Springs in July and since he is 80 feels the trip would be too exhausting. We are currently looking for a good replacement.
4. The Sons of Confederate Veterans will be the one’s to Judge what is termed "Offensive" or "Racist".
This is a very important role and we will take it seriously. The Rules actually state " Operators or its’ employees behaving in a manner that could be construed as racist" will be aske to leave. We expect everyone and anyone wearing or waving anything Confederate to act and behave as Southern gentlemen and ladies. The reputation of our Confederate Ancestors are riding on our actions
I could not have asked for a more pleasurable meeting. Everyone was kind and curtious and things went very well. I want to thank Jo Shelby members Troy Massey and Bob Reynolds for joining the meeting and righting this wrong. If we stand up for our History and Heritage in a proper stern but compassionate manner we can do a lot.
Crawdad Days will be held Friday May 15 and Saturday May 16 from 10 AM till 10 PM. If you can come join us and enjoy the Music Festival we can use the help. Just look for the History and Heritage Tent. Again, thank you for all your support and prayers. Again, thanks goes to Layne Wheeler she did a fantastic job helping a great town deal with it’s own problems and putting this problem to bed.
Respectfully and thankfully
I remain your obed. servant
Adj. JO Shelby # 1414
"All the South has ever desired was that the Union, as established by our forefathers, should be preserved, and that the government, as originally organized, should be administered in purity and truth."
~ Robert E. Lee- January 5, 1866
In addition to this, I believe the North is about to wage a brutal and unholy war on a people who have done them no wrong, in violation of the constitution and the fundamental principles of the government. They no longer acknowledge that all government derives its validity from the consent of the governed."
~Patrick Ronayne Cleburne
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. — Declaration of Independence