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 Posted: Mon Apr 17th, 2006 01:22 pm
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Shadowrebel wrote:    Since the Confererate flag was the one the Hunley crew chose to fight under they should be buried with the flag they chose to fight for. It is similar to the Korean War which was a United Nations police action fought by a multi-force. Should the Americans who died in that war have been buried under the flag of the U.N.? No they fought and died under the U.S. flag by choice. I know it is not exactly the same, but similar in regard to two different flags.

Should the U.S. flag be flown at the Hunley service? That should have been left up to the wishes of the families of the crew. If any had objections then their wishes should be honored. One has to remember the time the events took place to make a judgement.

This is an issue of history and should not be mixed with the issues of the Rebel battle flag of today. Let these men have their dignity and place in history.

  As for the battle flag being a symbol of racism for 140 years I agree with Savez, but would put the time frame in the latter half of the 20th century or the 21st century.

John

What are we arguing here? Were there not Confederate flags at the ceremony? Did anyone try and prevent a Confederate flag being put in the caskets for burial?

The Confederacy is not, nor ever was, a recognized, sovereign nation. I don't think anyone would have a problem with Confederate flags at a Confederate ceremony. It's the fact that some people went out of the way to sign a petition in an attempt to not have an American flag anywhere near the ceremony that's difficult to grasp.

We can all argue about whether secession was illegal or not, and whether that makes the Rebels traitors, but the fact of the matter is that they fought against the United States and lost. Most "traitors" are hanged after losing. But here in America, we have a state funded, 300+ foot monument to the President of a rebellion. I think allowing the flag to fly at the ceremony, that South Carolina and the rest of the United States currently are under, is a small thing to ask.

BTW, are there any descendants of the Hunley crew still alive?

 

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