RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Confederate flag is flying over the North Carolina Capitol in downtown Raleigh today in honor of Confederate Flag Day.
Terra Schramm, site administrator for the State Capitol, told North Carolina News in January that the Sons of Confederate Veterans requested that the Confederate national flag be flown over the capitol in honor of Confederate Flag Day, which is held on March 5.
The flag can often be seen flying underneath the North Carolina state flag at the capitol building on January 19 in honor of Robert E. Lee’s birthday. This year, the flag did not fly on that day, but instead on Jan. 23.
Confederate symbols have been highly controversial in recent months, with many Confederate monuments in the area being defaced. A Confederate monument on the Capitol square was spray-painted in the middle of the night, as were Confederate graves at nearby Oakwood Cemetery.
“It wasn’t all slavery. It was state’s rights and I think we should remember everything for our history so we don’t repeat it,” said Bill Dixon, member of N.C. Vietnam Vets Incorporated, who was at the State Capitol Saturday morning. “It was a bad part of history, you can look at it that way, but it’s important to remember the bad so we don’t do it again.”
The flying of the Confederate national flag has generally received little attention though, perhaps because the national flag – with its blue field and red and white bars – looks similar to the American flag. The Capitol has not flown the more well-known Confederate flag with the red field and the blue cross.