LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - "150 years after the end of the Civil war, the time has come," said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
It's a long debated issue that recently gained new traction following the shooting in South Carolina. Now, the Confederate Flag that once flew outside of the South Carolina capital could come down.
"…that flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state," Gov. Haley said.
Here at home, the feelings are mixed as to whether the flag should stay or go.
"I would like for the flag to stay up…all over…it's heritage, that's all. What some people use it for can be slandered as hate, as those people, I have no use for," Corbitt Doss, Sons of Confederate Veterans, said.
And while many say the flag is nothing more than a reminder of slavery, Doss said "the rebel flag is a flag, just like any other flag."
But for others, the flag's history goes deeper.
"The flag is a symbol, not only of slavery, but a symbol of depression and as a matter of fact, it's a symbol of separation of our country," Dallas Pierre, NAACP said.
And while Dallas Pierre is glad the flag will be removed, he said the entire debate is one we should never have had.
"Oh I feel the flag should not have been placed up there in the first place," Pierre said.
For Pierre and many others, today served as a victory but for Doss, the fight isn't over.
"I'll defend it with all I have, I'll beat you with it if I have to," Doss said.
For now it seems, the debate will rage on.
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