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Report: Confederate flags removed from cemetery without permission

CLOVER, SC (WBTV) -

Investigators in York County say someone removed nearly 100 Confederate Flags from a cemetery in Clover.

The incident was reported on May 20th at the cemetery beside the Bethany Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church on Highway 161, according to the report from the York County Sheriff's Office.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans told deputies they held a memorial service at the cemetery on May 9th and placed 88 Confederate flags along graves.

The service was held to honor the veterans of the Civil War but also all the veterans of all of America's wars, the group says.

By Friday, May 17th, the flags were missing and found some of them thrown in the woods behind the cemetery, according to the report. The flags were valued at $160.

"It's a big disappointment," Kirk Carter said, "to think that an individual or individuals would desecrate graves in this manner." Honoring the dead is very important especially so when they are American Veterans."

Carter is the commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Third Brigade for the South Carolina Division. 

The cemetery caretaker told deputies that he had not seen ant suspicious activity during the time the flags were placed and removed from the cemetery.

Carter says the caretaker told him the e church has had problems with vandalism in the past.

According to South Carolina laws, it is a misdemeanor offense to steal anything from a graveyard or cemetery.

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