Group not allowed to fly Confederate flag at local veteran’s par -

Group not allowed to fly Confederate flag at local veteran’s parade

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Florissant city leaders have decided to not  allow the Sons of the Confederate Veterans to fly their flags in the town’s Veteran’s Day parade. 

Depending on who you ask, the Confederate flag is a symbol of pride or a symbol of hate.  With the mass shooting at a South Carolina church that left nine dead back in June, the question about whether or not to fly the flag is a hot topic of discussion.   

Michael Madura with the Sons of Confederate Veterans said his group should be allowed to fly the flag at the Florissant Veteran’s Day Parade

“That's what it was all about was states’ rights. They wanted the state to be like its own nation where as Lincoln wanted a unified government,” said Madura. “They didn't want the flag in there and I'm assuming that it is because of the Ferguson and South Carolina and all that stuff.”

Florissant Mayor Thomas Schneider believes the Confederate flag serves as a symbol of slavery and division.

“We look for symbols that unite us. And like I said before, this parade is to celebrate those who fought for the United States not the divided states,” said Schneider.

Florissant officials said the group is allowed to march, but not wave the Confederate flag.

Members of the group said if they can’t fly their flags, they will not be attending the parade.

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