A giant 20-foot-30-foot flag was raised along a busy North Carolina freeway this weekend to mark the Fourth of July, and despite some complaints, local officials say there is nothing that can be done about it.
Local network WSOCTV reports that Sons of Confederate Veterans raised the flag on Friday on an 80-foot chair along Interstate 40. It marks one of several Confederate flags raised in the area after Chief of Staff Roy Cooper (D) announced in June that all Confederate monuments on the state Capitol property would be removed.
“The Sons of Confederate Veterans, we’re trying to replace the statue with flags, and we’re trying to put them on the middle ground so that more people can see it,”
The group said they are raising the big flag to mark the Fourth of July weekend and their legacy.
Some have already complained about the flags, but officials say they are on private property and there are no regulations against it.
“I’ve had many contacts from people who say they wouldn’t do business in town because of that flag,” Hildebran Mayor Wendell Hildebrand told WSOCTV.
He added that the $ 800 used to make the flag could have been “better spent helping veterans.”
The measure comes when Confederate monuments and statues have been taken down in cities across the country, and because the flag has been banned from the Department of Defense’s properties and NASCAR tracks in response to nationwide protests against racism and police brutality.