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Westfield resident takes offense to Confederate flag in July 4 parade

July 16, 2015
Westfield Republican

Dear Editor,

My family looks forward to attending Mayville's Fourth of July parade every year. But this time around I was dismayed to see the Confederate flag incorporated into the official logo for the celebration. This was a terrible judgment call on the part of the event's organizers.

I realize this year's event commemorated the 150th anniversary of end of the Civil War. But would a Nazi flag have been included on a T-shirt commemorating World War II? Highly unlikely.

New York contributed more than 450,000 soldiers to the Union armed forces, more than any other state. Some 50,000 of them died in the fight against secession. Having the Confederate flag emblazoned next to the Stars and Stripes on a T-shirt with the slogan "United We Stand" was disrespectful to their sacrifice.

The Confederate flag is a symbol of oppression and institutionalized slavery. As Americans we enjoy the Constitutional right to freedom of expression, which ensures that any of us are free to fly the Confederate flag if we so choose. But we should expect our civic leaders to realize that a divisive image from the past has no place in a celebration of our glorious nation today.

Cynthia Littleton




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