You Don’t Really Have to Wave That Confederate Flag
I always get a kick out of those people who are committed to waving the Confederate battle flag in public, regardless of how it makes others feel. For descendants of Confederate soldiers and others who are still, for whatever reason, committed to defending the cause it reflects a lack of creativity. It’s either the flag or nothing.
Earlier today I came across this reference while conducting a little research at the Gettysburg National Military Park. It is an account of the 1938 reunion by Annette Tucker, who accompanied her husband to Gettysburg and describes as the “only surviving Confederate veteran of Manatee County [Florida].” It’s a very emotional account of her experience while in town. She was clearly overwhelmed by the displays of camaraderie between former enemies and her own feelings of national pride.
Mrs. Tucker apparently brought along a Confederate battle flag and was prepared to display it, but chose not to:
At that time I felt so loyal to the Government for making this meeting possible and for all the favors they were bestowing upon us that it didn’t seem the proper thing to do—to display the Confederate flag, not even at the Reunion, even if we were permitted this privilege, so I folded mine to bring home for a souvenir and perhaps use at our own U.D.C. Meetings.
This wife of a Confederate veteran likely hoped to honor her husband at the reunion with the flag, but she chose not to and likely found another way to display her pride. Others did as well.
Something to keep in mind next time you are confronted by someone who demands to be able to wave the Confederate battle flag in places and at times that are inappropriate.