History of Confederate battle flag explained

Protesters hold a sign during a rally to take down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Statehouse, Tuesday, June 23, 2015 in Columbia. People from several southern states have protested placing the flag and Confederate icons on state grounds after last week’s shooting in Charleston, South Carolina that left nine black parishioners dead at the hands from a self-proclaimed white supremacist. (Rainier Ehrhardt/AP)

VERBENA, Ala. (WIAT) — Not everyone in Alabama believes the tragic shootings in South Carolina should be used as a reason to remove Confederate flags from public spaces.

Bill Rambo, the site director of the Confederate Memorial Park in Chilton County, says the Confederate battle flag, which has come under the most controversy, is not the official flag of the Confederacy–that’s the stars and bars.

He said the flags at the Confederate Memorial Park are part of Alabama’s rich history.

“Because they are blood stained and have bullet holes on them–our ancestor’s blood and that’s what makes them precious to us,” said Rambo.

The Confederate Memorial Park boasts a flag large enough to be seen from Interstate 65.

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