North Carolina celebrates Confederate Memorial Day every May 10 each year. A resolution in 1961 recognized May 10 in North Carolina as a day of importance to fly the Confederate Flag. But for the first time on May 10 this year, the Sons of the Confederate Veterans said that the flag was not flown on Confederate Memorial Day since the resolution was signed.
The site Big League Politics reached out to Dr. Kevin Cherry, the deputy secretary for archives, history, and parks in the state’s Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to find the answer as to why the confederate flag was not flown and why tradition was abandoned for the first time in decades. Cherry is in charge of flying the flag over the Capitol. Cherry said the flag was not flown on May 10 because there was no letter from the Sons of the Confederate Veterans to give prompt or remind the Department to fly the flag. And get this- Cherry said that he was unreachable on that day while spending time in a remote location, yes, on the same day North Carolina is supposed to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day.
There are heated, opposing views regarding the Confederate flag. Some Americans object to it because they view it as an icon of slavery. Others see it as a symbol of States Rights. Then there are also the patriotic Americans who see the Confederate flag as a symbol of respect for the American Veterans who fought under it. Most perceive it as a symbol of the American Civil War.
There were also similar controversies and contending views when New Orleans recently removed confederate monuments in the city starting with the Liberty Monument, a symbol which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu favors taking down the confederate monuments. He called the Liberty Monument as the “most offensive” as he thinks it was erected there to honor white supremacy and the region’s slave-owning past. Those who believe the monuments should stay, on the other hand, firmly believe that the monuments are part of the city’s history and should be protected historic structures.
With a rich history behind it, flying or not flying the Confederate flag in North Carolina is an important matter. As such the reason behind the decision to fly or not to fly it on the day set aside to honor and fly it as a resolution states should also be a serious one, something that cannot be dismissed or shrugged off with the flimsiest of excuses as bad cell phone service that “conveniently” falls on the same day the Confederate flag is supposed to fly proudly.