Confederate flag burning ceremonies to be held on Memorial Day

Coordinator: That part of our history needs to be buried

WINTER PARK, Fla. - On Memorial Day, the Greenwood Urban Wetlands, along with a number of other locations in the region, will be the site of a ceremony to burn the Confederate flag.

Julian Chambliss, the chair of the Department of History and coordinator of the Africa & African-American Studies program at Rollins College, will coordinate the ceremony.  He said he plans to put a flag in a box, burn it and then scatter the ashes into a pond in the wetlands area.

"That part of our history needs to be buried," said Chambliss, who was born in Jacksonville but moved to the Orlando area about a decade ago.

He said he sees the flag as a symbol to a part of history that needs to be let go.

As expected, not everyone agrees with that sentiment.

John Adams, with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, has nine relatives that fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Adams said he doesn't mind the exercise in free speech but does take exception to the timing of the event.

"Memorial Day?" Adams said as he raised his eyebrows. "That's a day for the soldiers. Respect that day and let our boys who gave their lives rest in peace."

The flag burning will be held at the Greenwood Urban Wetlands at 1 p.m. Monday.

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