Wednesday, March 6, 2013

UPDATE: East Texas veteran organization denied participation in local event



Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization met Monday evening to discuss how they planned to proceed after being denied participating in the upcoming Palestine Dogwood Festival on March 16th.

A member of the group tells KETK, they plan to have their own booth - seperate from those participating in the festival - a couple blocks down from the actual event.

The booth will be in a new plaza, which the group plans to dedicate in April.

ORIGINAL REPORT (Tuesday, March 5th, 5:11pm): The John H. Reagan Camp #2156 Sons of
Confederate Veterans organization has been denied the option of renting a booth at the Palestine Dogwood festival, which begins on March 16th.

The Palestine area Chamber of Commerce informed the group of their decision on Monday.

KETK spoke with members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization, who said they were confused by the Chamber's decision not to allow them to participate in the event.

"We are a historical group," one member told KETK. "We've participated in past events without any problem."

KETK reached out to the Palestine Chamber of Commerce for an explanation as to why the group was denied participation.

The Chamber released the following statement on Tuesday:

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  1. With the news coming out of TX lately, I believe the effort to turn it blue has begun.

    1. Yes and you are the second person to mention this.