Democratic Presidential candidates campaigning in South Carolina might be wise to take a look at the suggested plan for the Confederate flag offered by Democratic Mayor Joseph P. Riley of Charleston. Mayor Riley’s suggestion seems to me to be quite unique and from my perspective, as a former Charlestonian, unassailable.
I thought how wonderful it would have been to look at an American flag honoring his life of service and all those who have fought and died in Iraq, as well as in all the other wars in which American soldiers have given their last full measure of devotion. By my count, if there was a flag representing the government for each war that South Carolinians have fought in, there would be 11 in addition to the Confederate flag.
What a beautiful sight this new monument would be in front of our state Capitol. Even more important, what a wonderful unifying and hallowed place this would become, a place where every South Carolinian who fought and died for our state and our country would be remembered forever.
These 12 flags could easily fit inside this grassy rectangle with space on either side of the walkway for future wars. While we hope and pray that these wars will not occur, history tells us that they will.
Let’s just hope that history is wrong and they won’t.