Please don’t slander our history or our Confederate flag

The Confederate battle flag with the St. Andrew’s Cross was not the only Confederate battle flag, but it was the most well known and most used late in the Civil War ["I fly the Rebel flag to signify heritage, not hate," April 7].

It is the most hated, debated, misrepresented, and beloved of all Confederate symbols. It has been tarnished by such groups as the NAACP "by way of slander," the KKK, the Aryan nation, skinheads, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists, just to name a few.

It was not a national flag, nor was it a politicians’ flag. It was most definitely not a flag of hate. It was a soldier’s flag, a banner of courage and honor, and a call to duty.

It was a rallying point for battling warriors. Many died to keep it safe and out of enemy hands. This flag was stained with the blood of Southern patriots. Most important, it was an American flag.

As Southerners, we owe it to ourselves and our noble ancestry to protect it and hold it in reverence. We must stand up to those people who slander it, for that slander is slander toward us and our past.

We must never let our past be removed from our future by anyone, for any reason.