Confederate heritage organizations weigh in on Crestview's flag issue

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Crestview City Councilman Joe Blocker, right, exchanges business cards with representatives of Confederate heritage organizations prior to Monday's council meeting, at which the issue of the Confederate battle flag over the Uncle Bill Lundy memorial was raised.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 02:34 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Representatives from Fort Walton Beach and Tallahassee Confederate heritage organizations have added their thoughts amid some residents’ concern about a rebel flag that flies over a Crestview memorial.

Speaking during Monday evening's City Council meeting, Jack Bonham, Fort Walton Beach Sons of the Confederacy’s past commander, said the flag flying over the William "Uncle Bill" Lundy memorial on the corner of East 1st Avenue and North Ferdon Boulevard honors all Americans.

"All Confederate flags are red, white and blue to show their patriotism for the United States of America," Bonham said.

He said removing the flag from the memorial would be a "slap in the face (to)... veteran soldiers who put their life on the line so you can live the way you do."

During the meeting’s public comment period, Graham Smith, heritage defense chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans' Florida Division, said his group "is dedicated to preservation of heritage of the South."

He reminded the council that when the flag issue was raised 11 years ago, the council "unanimously dismissed it."

"Nothing about the symbolism about the flag flying over the monument for Pvt. William Lundy has changed since then," Smith said.

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