Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Confederate Memorial Day marked with less fanfare in South Carolina

Via Billy

Confederate flags fly near a monument at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston.

The Confederate flag no longer flies on South Carolina's Statehouse grounds, but that didn't dampen the spirits of those gathered Tuesday to commemorate the state's first Confederate Memorial Day since its removal.

Clad in the gray wool uniform of the Confederacy, with a black ribbon on his chest, Rusty Rentz of the Sons of Confederate Veterans stood guard at a monument to Confederate war dead at the front of the Statehouse complex in Columbia — the very spot where the Confederate flag was flying a year ago.

"The fact that the governor brought the flag down doesn't change the fact that some 25,000 Confederate soldiers lost their life in defense of their state, so we will continue to be here," he said.

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