Korean War veteran says redesign Mississippi’s flag
Now that the governor has appointed a commission to study the state flag issue, I’m sure there will be a large number of people who will voice their opinions in one way or another. I would like to add mine.
When the controversy first surfaced, I was of the opinion that the flag should be left alone because of tradition. To me, the Confederate flag symbolized an armed conflict between southerners and northerners. Perhaps I was naive but I did not associate it with the slavery issue. Since that time, however, I have come to believe that a large number of the citizens of Mississippi, namely the African Americans, are genuinely offended by the inclusion of the Confederate battle flag on our state flag. Maybe some do not care one way or the other but I think too many of them do.
In my opinion, the Mississippi flag should be redesigned so that it will be
acceptable to all of our citizens. Additionally, the Confederate flag
should be placed in a place of honor in a state museum or similar facility
and kept there for all time. The memory of the southern Civil War soldiers
must in no way be degraded by a lesser action. They answered the call to
serve and, in doing so, many of them made the ultimate sacrifice by paying
for it with their lives.
I think the time has come for those in authority to remove a divisive
obstacle from our midst. There is just too much important state business
that needs to be attended to and too little time to do it. Let’s not get
bogged down in this flag controversy and be detracted from the things that
should be done to make life better for the citizens of Mississippi.
One more thing. Just in case someone might think that my opinion in this
matter casts a doubt on my patriotism, I would like to point out that I am a
veteran of 27 years of active military service with duty in Korea and
Vietnam during those wars (as a volunteer).