I am befuddled by Seth Benson's March 20 letter on swapping the battle flag for the "Stars and Bars." As a former teacher, Mr. Benson needs to read his history.
First, the Stars and Bars is considered to be the first national flag of the Confederate States of America. It was preceded by the beloved "Bonnie Blue," the first unofficial flag of the CSA ...
The second national flag, when at rest, looked too much like a flag of surrender - which our ancestors had no intention of doing - so a red band was placed on its successor, the third national flag, so that mistake would never be made again.
The battle flag, which is squared-off and based on the St. Andrew's Cross - which is religious in its roots - was adopted for the soldiers on the battlefield. Its unique design enabled the soldiers to have a singular rallying point. This same design can be found on many flags of the world today, including Great Britain's.
Mr. Benson is to be commended for honoring all who fought in all wars in his local cemetery, and substituting the Stars and Bars for the battle flag is appropriate - as would any of the other four flags of the Confederacy be for those five honored graves. But to say that the battle flag is a symbol of hate and oppression is a slap in the face to anyone who honors the memory of one who paid the dearest price that can be paid for any cause and for the heritage that he or she is justifiably proud of ...
Darryl C. Drake, Midville, Ga.
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