Sunday, October 12, 2008

Tampa Battleflag Gets Even Larger

Large Confederate flag to be replaced near I-4
Reported by: Keith BakerEmail:

TAMPA, FL -- The controversial Confederate flag flown near I-4 and I-75 will come down Sunday afternoon according to organizers of the Confederate Memorial Park. The 30 by 50 foot Confederate Battle Flag will be replaced by another larger Confederate Battle Flag. The new flag measures 30 by 60 feet.

Sons of Confederate Veterans spokesperson Marion Lambert says the new flag ties the second largest flag flying in the United States. Once the original flag is removed it will be portioned out as a fund raiser for the memorial.

Lambert says the memorial construction is underway and should be completed within six weeks except for granite monument installations. Organizers say the flag and memorial are not to promote racism but rather pay respect to part of America's history and to those veterans who fought in the Civil War. Activists have raised concerns but have not gained much support to protest its existence.