POSTED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 6:16pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 11:46am
Tyler, TX — For Memorial Day, the Marine Corps League in Jacksonville planned to honor confederate veterans at the City Cemetery.
They wanted to place confederate flags on graves of those who fought for the confederacy, but it's become an issue.
The Marine League argues confederate veterans are considered American War Veterans.
They say there are more than 150 confederate veterans here and they want to honor them.
"We were placing out the flags that there was quite a few confederate graves," says Charles 'Chuck' Bones.
They were to be placed on graves which had confederate emblems on them.
"Furnished by our Government, that says CSA, Confederate states of America," says Stephen Hutson.
"Once we noticed that, I researched to see what we could do honor those veterans," says Charles 'Chuck' Bones.
He says the U.S.. has a law to honor all U.S. Veterans which includes confederate soldiers.
The response they're getting from city officials is the 'Rebel Flag' is too controversial, so the city is saying no.
For some the confederate flag symbolizes racism, hatred and slavery.
"The confederate flag to me and a lot of other people symbolizes freedom and freedom from tyranny of Northern states of the time that tried to impose taxes excess taxes on the cotton sales," says Charles 'Chuck' Bones.
Bones says, the flag symbolizes the Southern states being against the U.S. because of the taxes.
He says, we had slaves in the North and South and someone spun this into a controversial subject.
"It doesn't matter if it was a confederate veteran or a Northern Veteran, they're still entitled to the same respect as any other veteran as a veteran of WWI, WWII, etc.," says Stephen Hutson.
KETK contacted The City of Jacksonville officials but they were unavailable to comment.