Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Battleflag To Fly Over Super Bowl

Members of the Confederate Veterans of America wait to hoist their flag again at their memorial site off of U.S. 92.

TAMPA - Super Bowl visitors coming to the Tampa area expecting a cosmopolitan waterfront city might be surprised to see the giant Confederate flag visible from Interstate 4. Local Super Bowl organizers and community boosters met with the owners of the 30-by-60-foot rebel flag in September to see whether the group would take it down during the week leading up to Sunday's game at Raymond James Stadium.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans declined and instead plan to capitalize on the notoriety during Super Bowl week to promote what they say is an effort to honor Southern heritage."We fly it so we can explain it," said Marion Lambert, a member of the group that is building a veterans memorial near the intersection of Interstates 4 and 75.