For the first time this year, the Georgia Sons of Confederate Veterans was blocked from flying the Confederate battle flag or “Southern Cross” at the parade Saturday.
Alpharetta’s assistant city manager, James Drinkard, said the city informally asked the group not to display the flag last summer. This year, the city directly banned the Confederate flag before approving the group’s participation in the parade.
“While we certainly supported their participation in the parade, because of the divisive nature of the Confederate battle flag and its various meanings to various people, we did not feel that it was appropriate for it to be part of an event the city itself sponsors and coordinates,” Drinkard said.
Drinkard said the city sent a letter to the group on July 20 notifying them the flag would not be allowed in the parade.
William Lathem of the Sons of Confederate Veterans said though it complied with the city this year, he feels discriminated against, and he said his group would try to bring the flag back in next year’s parade…