An Oregon state commission has unanimously voted to ban Confederate flags from the state’s historic cemeteries.
Oregon’s Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) voted Friday to adopt a position paper recommending that Confederate flags not be displayed at historic cemeteries, including flying the flag on poles or with small flags placed on individual graves.
“Oregon does not have cemeteries specific to the Confederacy, as exist in other states,” the paper reads.
“The Confederate flag is a symbol of treason, oppression, racism, and dishonor to the USA,” the paper continues. “It is the flag of the enemy of the USA. And over the decades since the US Civil War [it] has become a symbol that makes many people feel unwelcome and unsafe.”
“We do not support allowing flags in historic cemeteries that promote systemic racism, fear, and oppression of anyone,” the commission concluded in the paper. “It is extremely important that historic cemeteries are maintained as places where the visitors feel safe and welcome.”
The commission also recommended that when decorating a Confederate soldier’s grave on Memorial Day, families should opt for a United States flag or flowers in place of a Confederate flag.
However, NBC’s Portland affiliate, KOIN, reported that chairperson Bev Power said during Friday’s meeting that the position paper is largely symbolic, as the commission is not able to ... Read full story
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