Confederate flag, banner fly over downtown Columbia

Confederate flag, banner fly over downtown Columbia

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - An out-of-state group looking to protect the history of the Confederate flag appears to have purchased a banner flying over downtown Columbia.

As state employees have the day off for Confederate Memorial Day - a state holiday - this group, calling themselves the Virginia Flaggers, bought a large banner with the Confederate flag and a message that says "NO COMPROMISE -- VAFLAG.ORG."

A check of the website points to the group's message. The Virginia-based group is against "those who would desecrate our Confederate Monuments and memorials, and FOR our Confederate Veterans."

A compromise passed the General Assembly last year that pulled the Confederate flag off the State House grounds after the racially-charged shooting of nine African-American parishioners by Dylann Roof.

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