Friday, June 8th 2007
This was the scene last week in Higginsville, Missouri at the annual Confederate Memorial Day celebration held on the grounds of the Higginsville Confederate Cemetery.
There was one thing missing this year, and one item that should have never appeared there.
I have received reports that the flag pole that was previously used to fly the Confederate Flag on (pre-Bob Holden administration) has been removed all together.
Actually, there are two things missing. No make that three things missing… With no flag pole on the grounds, our Governor, Matt Blunt didn’t have to give that pesky order to humor his Southern constituency by "allowing" the Confederate Battle Flag to fly at Higginsville for one day. With no flag pole there is no need to order the Confederate flag up, and hence no backlash from the "Black Klan" (A.K.A. the NAACP).
Let this be a lesson to those who chose to vote for Blunt once again because (oh my gosh) he "allowed" the Confederate flag to fly at Higginsville for a single day!
Never mind the fact that it used to fly EVERY DAY for DECADES before Governor Holden ordered them removed.
Rumor has it , that the flag pole was removed because of the proposed "flag plaza" that the Missouri Department of Resources wants to build, which would also only allow the Confederate Flag to fly one day a year at the Higginsville CONFEDERATE Cemetery. Let’s not also forget that the proposed flag plaza says nothing about Fort Davidson at Pilot Knob, Missouri either.
One other point to ponder for those who voted for Blunt. Did you ever consider the fact that one governor removed the flags and one governor could certainly restore them?
Now that we’ve covered the three things that were missing, let us move on to the one thing that should have NEVER been at the Higginsville Memorial Day service.
Look at the picture above. Now look at the second flag from the left. That my friends is a Kansas flag. The flag that represents the "Jayhawker" state. The state that was responsible for more killing, looting and burning of Missourians, their families and their property during the Border War and War for Southern Independence.
Let’s make one thing perfectly clear, right here, right now. There is no way in hell, that that flag should be on Missouri soil period, much less a Confederate Memorial Day service!
I understand that we have Sons of Confederate Veterans members in Kansas. If they truly were Confederates, then THEY would understand the meaning and the insult that they committed by bringing a Kansas flag onto a Missouri Confederate cemetery.
There is no reason that they could not have brought their "camp flag" with them , no my friends this is a point of honor, or should I say deliberate dishonor.
While there are some good SCV camps in Missouri, the state leadership (not all, but most) continue to show their incompetence by sanctioning this slap in the face.
While the flag poles come down, and our heritage in continually trampled upon, the Missouri Sons of Confederate Veterans state leadership quietly whispers "compromise".
Note to our National SCV leadership:
The task force you have appointed to get our flags back at Higginsville and Pilot Knob , Missouri, doesn’t want them back. They are made up of the same ole rank and file do-nothings , that well, do nothing, but cut active SCV members down, and criticize them for wanting to fight for our heritage.
They enjoy being Southern, as long as they can do it in the woods where no one can see them. They consider those who want to get our flags back to flying everyday as "too Southern".
They’re the ones that won’t sign a petition for Missouri SCV members to get our own liscence plates, because they are afraid to have a Battle Flag seen on their vehicles. One word describes the whole situation. Pathetic.
If you want the flags back up you are going to have to do one or two things. Buy the property (or part of it) at Higginsville and Pilot Knob, from the State of Missouri. Or, buy the Governor.
It’s as simple as that. You don’t need a task force.
For those whispering "compromise" its too late for that you morons! Some suggested reading…
"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the Cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier’s good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish. Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations.
Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee
United Confederate Veterans
New Orleans, 25 April 1906 "