South Carolina Woman Decides To Take Down Confederate Flag She’s Flown For 7 Years
There are few issues that can heat up tempers in the South like the Confederate flag.
Many see it as a symbol of racism and hate.
Some see it as an homage to their heritage and Southern ancestors.
Annie Caddell was one of the latter.
She moved into a modest home just outside Charleston, SC about eight years ago.
One of the first things she did was put up her confederate flag.
She saw it as a tribute to her ancestors who fought in the Confederate army.
Her neighbors saw it differently.
Almost 300 of them signed a petition asking Caddell to take the flag down. They marched past her house singing, “We Shall Overcome.” They chipped in to build a really tall fence surrounding her property which made it harder to see the flag.
Caddell still refused to take down the flag.
Until just the other day.
The Post and Courier reports Caddell has decided to take the flag down.
A recent heart attack and bypass surgery changed her mind.
Truly surgery on her heart.
She told the Post and Courier, “There comes a time and a place where things need to be set aside for the betterment of others. I can still honor my relatives that died in the Civil War without flying the flag.”
Down came the confederate flag. The blue and white state flag of South Carolina has gone up in it’s place.
Just as down came defiance and up came compassion and apology in Caddell’s mind.
“I made up my mind that I don’t have to hurt anybody because of a decision I made without much thought,” she said. “I never considered how offended they truly were. I didn’t care. Well, I finally had an eye-opening experience. It’s not about what I feel.”
Caddell’s flag has been donated to a group called The Sons Of Confederate Veterans.
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