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June 6, 2008
The wires were whistling this week over the unveiling of the self-proclaimed World’s Largest Confederate Battle Flag in Hillsborough County, Florida. It’s the centerpiece of a soon-to-be-completed private Confederate veterans memorial, erected by Marion Lambert as a spit-in-the-eye to county commissioners who refused to acknowledge April as “Southern Heritage Month.”
Although we welcome the addition of another malproportioned sky-flapper to the horizon, equating Southern Heritage to The Lost Cause is a bit like eating bar-b-q without the bean salad — it limits the taste. The South already has several shrines to its heritage, such as Colonel Sanders Grave and The New World of Coca Cola and Daytona USA — which is also in Florida. If only Mr. Lambert had used our maps to see what is Southern and already out there, his pride might have been soothed and some bad feelings might have been avoided.
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