Press Release: Confederate Flag Day Observed Around Florida
(Tampa - Former site of Hillsborough County Confederate Veterans Memorial)
David McCallister: 813-778-1202
CONFEDERATE FLAG DAY OBSERVED AROUND FLORIDA
Tampa - Around the state today, Floridians took part in the annual observance of Confederate Flag Day. In Jacksonville, the Edmund Kirby Smith Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans deployed their telescoping mobile flag pole along I-295. Two ceremonies were held in Tampa today the first at Hillsborough County Confederate Memorial Park, at the junction of I-75 and I-4. The second Tampa ceremony was held on the former site of the Hillsborough County Confederate Veteran's War Memorial and included raising the third National Confederate flag. During the Tampa ceremonies, David McCallister, a Camp Commander in the Sons of Confederate Veterans explained what the flag means to him. "It means Liberty. It means resistance to tyranny. It means in inheritance of God given rights including the right to speak my mind, the right to defend myself and my family and the right to worship my God and the right to be left alone" he said. "My Camp picked this site for our observance to show the public that we remember and will continue to remember the disrespect that the Board of County Commission showed to our families and these veterans of our community, many who lost their lives." McCallister said. "It is deplorable what they did" he said. The events were greeted by honks and thumbs up and passers by stopping to encourage the participants in their observances. "Despite the labels of hate that the radical left have tried to put on the Southern Cross, is internationally recognized as a symbol of sacrifice, honor, family, resistance to tyrrany and regional pride" McCallister said. "We condemn those who use the flag in a malicious way, and ask all to honor it with the reverence it deserves.. as an American emblem" he added. Confederate Flag day is observed nationwide on March 4th and it commemorates the day the Congress of the Confederate States of America adopted both the first and third National flags of in 1861, and 1865 respectively.
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