Council adjourns without action on Lundy memorial flag issue

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Speakers including Bob Hurst, a representative of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, left, and Raymond Nelson, president of the Okaloosa chapter of the NAACP, addressed both sides of the Crestview Confederate battle flag issue.

BRIAN HUGHES/News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 09:39 PM.

CRESTVIEW — After an hour and a half of often impassioned addresses before the Crestview City Council, city leaders adjourned without discussion regarding the "Uncle Bill" Lundy memorial.

At issue was the Confederate battle flag flying above the memorial on city-owned land at the intersection of First Street and State Road 85.

Several Tallahassee-based Sons of Confederate Veterans representatives praised Lundy's service in the Confederacy, which some historians have questioned.

Bob Hurst, commander of the organization's Florida division, said the battle flag is an integral component of the memorial.

"It is not fitting and proper to honor Uncle Bill Lundy and not have the flag that he honored and revered," Hurst said.

"It is not a sign of evil," he said. "It is not a symbol of anything bad. It is a symbol of a group of people who fought for their honor and independence."

Speakers who oppose displaying the flag were exclusively from Crestview.

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