Homestead parade cancelled over Confederate flag controversy

South Florida Sun Sentinel

October 7, 2009

HOMESTEAD – A controversy over the display of a Confederate flag has led to the cancellation of a Homestead Veteran’s Day Parade, the South Florida Times reports.

The Military Affairs Committee of Homestead’s Chamber of Commerce voted to cancel the Nov. 11 event because too many participants had withdrawn from the event because of the controversy, the Times reports.

"We’re really disappointed. That parade was for the veterans," said Gregory E. Kalof, a Sons of Confederate Veterans camp commander in Miami-Dade County. " I’m a Vietnam veteran and I remember when we came home, we were spit upon, and this is no different."

The Miami-Dade NAACP, which had threatened an economic boycott of the chamber’s member businesses if Confederate groups were allowed, said it had not wanted to end the parade.

They said they only wanted to ban the flag’s display, the Times reported.

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