Member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans upset

KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- The men of the "Sons of Confederate Veterans" will not be allowed to march in the annual Veterans Day Parade through downtown Knoxville if they carry the Confederate Naval Jack.

A large version of the jack sits in John Hitt’s home. Nearby is a picture of his great grandfather, who fought for the south during the civil war.

“We have served in most every war there was,” said John, who is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

He wanted to honor his ancestors in the parade by carrying the flag they fought under, but organizers from the American Legions Post Two, who put on the annual event, said they would not allow them to march with the jack.

“I feel very hurt having served 29 years,” he said. “My family served all these years and we are being denied the right to march in that parade."

John said he was also turned down six years ago. According to him, the Confederate Flag has never been flown in Knoxville’s Veterans Day parades because only American Flags are allowed.

"These are American Flags,” he argued, “They are Confederate American, but they are American."

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  • by Jim Location: Quincy Fl. on Nov 12, 2008 at 09:12 PM
    To the people that speak out against Southern Heritage and The Confederate Battle Flag. Once one culture loses its Heritage others are sure to follow. There is only 2 things the goverment can't take from you. Your education and your Heritage. There is some of you that still need the education part.
  • by vincent Location: clinton,tenn on Nov 12, 2008 at 07:17 PM
    i fly this flag everyday, try and take it down for your stupid beliefs, god bless all those whose who died while protecting it, catfish in marlow, i served this country for 12 years, did you
  • by Brian Location: Greensboro,NC on Nov 12, 2008 at 02:58 PM
    More evidence of racism against whites. Its ok for blacks to celebrate their heritage however they choose. White people can't. Racism is accepted today as long as its directed at whites.Proof? Obama has ties to a racist pastor,Rev. Jeremiah Wright, for over 20 years. What happens? He gets elected President. What if it was even insinuated that McCain had racists ties? He would have been run into the ground by the media. Long live the "Sons of Confederate Veterans". Do not lose faith!
  • by JosephineSouthern Location: Cape Canaveral, Florida on Nov 12, 2008 at 12:09 PM
    Its the NAACP JIHAD - started in 1990 and the BIASED MEDIA, and GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS who hate our Confederate Battle Flag and have spread all these lies and made their interpretation the one we are to follow. They have highjacked our Confederate Battle Flag and bent it all out of shape! There will never be an end to divisiveness until they are stopped in their tracks by truth and Americans confront their true history.
  • by Scott Location: Tampa on Nov 12, 2008 at 08:51 AM
    By act of US Congress, Confederate veterans are American veterans. Therefore Confederate Flags are American flags. Shame on you Knoxville.
  • by American Veteran Location: USA on Nov 11, 2008 at 08:39 PM
    The War Between The States is part of our history,let the Sons carry their Flag in honor of their heritage.
  • by Gary Location: Clinton on Nov 11, 2008 at 06:29 PM
    They should've been allowed to march with the flag but they need to remember their history. The Confederate army burned Knoxville.
  • by jack Location: jamestown tn. on Nov 11, 2008 at 06:14 PM
    this is terrible another little piece of our freedom has been chipped away.wake up america
  • by Dan Location: Tn on Nov 11, 2008 at 06:13 PM
    They should have been allowed to fly the flag, so what happends when they change the flag we now have does it get the back burner too? Along with all the people who gave there lives for it!!
  • by Kathleen Location: Maryville on Nov 11, 2008 at 05:24 PM
    To NEW YORK YANKEE! Its people like you why we left the north!! You can't admit the South was right all along! GOD BLESS THE SOUTH!!
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