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Memorial Day Confederate Flag Stirs Concerns

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The Confederate flag (credit: AP)

The Confederate flag (credit: AP)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A decision by veterans to place a Confederate flag on graves of veterans buried at Steamboat Springs Cemetery is stirring concerns.

Confederate States of America flags have been placed for years on the graves of Civil War veterans buried at Hayden Cemetery.

U.S. Air Force veteran and longtime Hayden resident Sam Haslem said it’s never caused friction before.

This year the ceremony has raised the profile of an issue that long has sparked protests across the South, bringing it to the attention of civil rights movements, Steamboat Today reports.

The president of the Colorado Springs chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Rosemary Lytle, says Steamboat Springs should not deface itself with the ugliness of segregation and separatism as shown through the Confederate flag.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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