SOUTHPORT, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – The Confederate Flag has drawn controversy in recent years, not just over its history, but for those trying to defend it.
To one local group, the flag is not a sign of hate, but a symbol of their heritage.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, along with their sister organization the United Daughters of the Confederacy, held a flag dedication ceremony on Saturday afternoon. Members dressed in traditional Confederate solider uniforms, blasted a canon and sang along to “Dixie.”
“Well we put this flag here as a two-fold purpose, which is basically the purpose of the Sons of Confederate Veterans,” said Stan Peacock, a member of the Sons of the Confederacy. “We put it here to preserve Southern heritage and to honor the Confederate soldiers who fought and died during the war.”
The new Confederate Flag flies high off of County Road 2321 in Southport. The flag project was funded with donations from individuals and local businesses.