Let Confederate flag fly over those who died for it

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

On Monday we celebrated Memorial Day. It is a day we remember all those who have gone before us. It is a time to take your kids to the park to grill hot dogs and a time to lay flowers at the grave of your loved ones.

It had also been a way for many to remember the sacrifices of the people in our armed forces. One can go to any cemetery and see waves of red, white and blue.

What you won’t see, thanks to the ignorant actions of the previous governor and Dick Gephardt, is the Stars and Bars of the men who died protecting their vision of freedom.

This last session of the Missouri General Assembly could have changed that, but ignorance and fear destroyed history, a good bill and many families’ Memorial Day.

Many see the Confederate flag as a symbol of hate and racism.

While some have used it to perpetuate their hate, it is not a symbol of slavery or of racism. Those who know their history see it as a symbol of one of the defining moments in our country’s young life.

It was a symbol of one’s right to live without the federal government’s constant prying. Just look at today’s present situation to see why they fought and died.

Why elected officials refuse to allow good taxpaying, law- abiding Southerners to remember their ancestors by placing a flag on their grave is beyond this writer’s beliefs.

I had ancestors who fought and died on both sides of the battle, and I do not understand why the government has the right to disallow me, or anyone else for that matter, the honor of honoring those who shaped this great country’s history.

I hope one day I will be able to place my ancestor’s flag on their grave, because to them it was worth dying for.