Dear Ms. Lunelle,
As I stood in the public easement on Highway 78 in Forest City, North Carolina with the Southern Cross in hand on Friday, November 27, 2015, to the sheer delight of the many who would pass me by, get out of their cars to pose for a picture, share a hug, or the many who gave praise that a Black man would stand up for the honor that the dry bones of all our ancestors should not have to give up because they stood together in the War of Northern Aggression .
Commander Jim Kennedy of the Rutherford Rifle Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp would join me shortly in posting the Colors of the Southern soldier. We would explain to a lady who stopped and asked what we were doing? “Just uplifting the spirits of our Southern family; to the sound of horns and shouts of the Rebel Yell in the background”. She would smile , and tell us that she loved us and what we were doing.
On Sunday afternoon, November 29, 2015, alongside Sons of Confederate Veterans Commander Mike Parrish and other members of the Jackson Rangers Camp 1917, we would march to the cheers of an adoring crowd of spectators who would greet us along the Parade route. And it shall forever be in my memory as the Parade began to come to its end. There stood a long line of Black folks huddle together. I broke into a fast gait heading to their outstretched arms and hands; while holding up the Parade as I accepted this grand show of love.
I can only hope that the City of Bryson City, North Carolina will hear about the bravado of the City officials of Franklin, North Carolina and lift their sacrilegious ban on the Southern Cross in their Christmas Day Parade on Saturday, December 5, 2015. God bless you!
HK Edgerton www.southernheritage411.com