Plans are underway to place a large Confederate flag measuring 30 feet high and 50 feet long — atop a 139-foot pole at the junction of Interstate 75 and Interstate 4 in Tampa, Florida. The project is being funded by the Sons of Confederate Veterans who believe that this is the most effective way to share the rich history of the Confederate South. Two other flags have already been placed, one in Suwannee County along Interstate 75 and one in Havana along U.S. 27. Plaques will be included at the base of what is being billed as the largest Confederate flag in the country. Of course, it wouldn't be complete without a marker honoring all those "black Confederate veterans."
Apparently, the group only needs $30,000 more to complete the project. I don't know how much has already been expended between these three flags, but given all of the misunderstanding claimed by the SCV regarding its history and the Civil War, wouldn't these funds be better utilized elsewhere? What exactly does a large flag accomplish in a section of the state that has struggled with its history? So now, in addition to seeing the Confederate flag on beach towels, bathing suits, key chains, bed sheets, we can also see it from Florida's highways. Sorry, but it is hard to take groups like the SCV seriously when this is
the best they can do to point us in the direction of the past.