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|Posted: Mon Apr 2nd, 2007 02:17 am||
|Furl that banner! for 'tis weary:
Round its staff 'tis drooping, dreary;
Furl it, fold it, it is best;
Furl it, hide it, let it rest.
Abram Joseph Ryan, April 1865, soon after Lee's surrender
Ryan, a native of Hagerstown, Maryland was a Catholic priest and poet. On the 1st of September, 1862 he entered the Confederate service as a chaplain and served throughout the war.
The CBF is not our flag. It never has been. It was the flag of the veterans of the Confederate States of America, and theirs alone. They would unfurl their flags at reunions, a practice which was fitting and honorable. They are all gone and their flags have gone, for the most part, to museums. This too is fitting and honorable. Here the flags can be a tool for education and a physical reminder of the past. Reeneacments are a form of education and the CBF is absolutely neccessary at these functions. How could you have one without the CBF?
It has been argued that the flag is flown to honor ancestors that fought under it. Honoring ancestors is an important part of understanding who we are and how we got here. We honor them by sharing with others who they were; the great deeds they performed, the tribulations they suffered. There is no sharing, no educating, no honoring, when the CBF is flown from a pick up truck, a bumper sticker or a girl friends bikini. There is no honor when the CBF is emblazzoned with a photo of Forrest, Hank Williams, Jr., or Dale Earnhardt's #3.
It is well known that a radical element of society kidnapped the CBF to be used as a symbol of their racist agendas. Displaying the flag out of the context of education is an invitation for confrontation and controversy. The in-your-face display of the CBF does nothing to honor the true veterans who served under the flag. And isn't that the point? To honor our ancestors in a fitting way? Personaly I will take Father Ryan's advice to let it rest. After all, it was his flag.
Last edited on Mon Apr 2nd, 2007 02:22 am by calcav