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Huge Southern Flag is flown over statue removals from an 80-foot pole over the North Carolina freeway

The North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans raised a massive southern flag over Interstate 40 in Burke County in response to statues and monuments removed following George Floyd protests.

The group raised the 30×40 foot flag on July 4 on an 80 foot flag base with the help of as many as 80 volunteers.

The flag is placed on private property and cannot be touched by government officials due to lack of local ordinances.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans plans to place several more flags around the state to remember the history and their origins, the group said.

The North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans raised a huge southern flag (pictured) over Interstate 40 in Burke County in response to statues and monuments removed following George Floyd protests

The group raised the 30x40 foot flag on July 4 on an 80 foot flag base with the help of as many as 80 volunteers.  A volunteer is depicted adjusting the ropes on the flag

The group raised the 30x40 foot flag on July 4 on an 80 foot flag base with the help of as many as 80 volunteers.  A volunteer is depicted adjusting the ropes on the flag

The group raised the 30×40 foot flag on July 4 on an 80 foot flag base with the help of as many as 80 volunteers. A volunteer is depicted adjusting the ropes on the flag

The flag is placed on private property and cannot be touched by government officials due to lack of local ordinances.  Volunteers are shown raising the flag over Interstate 40

The flag is placed on private property and cannot be touched by government officials due to lack of local ordinances.  Volunteers are shown raising the flag over Interstate 40

The flag is placed on private property and cannot be touched by government officials due to lack of local ordinances. Volunteers are shown raising the flag over Interstate 40

The flag is depicted just on top of the flagpole.  The Sons of Confederate Veterans plans to raise some more flags around the state to remember the history and their origins, the group said.

The flag is depicted just on top of the flagpole.  The Sons of Confederate Veterans plans to raise some more flags around the state to remember the history and their origins, the group said.

The flag is depicted just on top of the flagpole. The Sons of Confederate Veterans plans to raise some more flags around the state to remember the history and their origins, the group said.

The flag is depicted in an image taken after it lifted over the local highway

The flag is depicted in an image taken after it lifted over the local highway

The flag is depicted in an image taken after it lifted over the local highway

“Take down our images and we would hang a flag somewhere along the great guts of North Carolina,” said Elgie McGalliard, one of the group members WRAL reports.

The group’s efforts are due to the confederacy-related statues and monuments being toppled by protesters and in other cases removed by government officials after protests erupted across the country in response to the police-related murder of Floyd.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black father of five, died after white police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to the man’s neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest on Memorial Day.

Video footage of the bystander incident depicts the killing, sparking protests by Black Lives Matter calling for an end to police brutality and systematic racism.

The movement has also called for the removal of racist symbols, including statues, monuments and the Southern flag.

In response – and just two days before the July 4 holiday – Mississippi withdrew its state flag, which included the Southern flag in its design. The state flag was removed to a museum after Republican Governor Tate Reeves signed a law that removed its official status.

Mississippi withdrew its state flag, which included the southern flag in its design on July 2.  The state flag was removed in a museum after Republican Governor Tate Reeves signed a law that removed the country's official status

Mississippi withdrew its state flag, which included the southern flag in its design on July 2.  The state flag was removed in a museum after Republican Governor Tate Reeves signed a law that removed the country's official status

Mississippi withdrew its state flag, which included the southern flag in its design on July 2. The state flag was removed in a museum after Republican Governor Tate Reeves signed a law that removed the country’s official status

NASCAR responded in June by banning further use of the Southern flag, which was once seen frequently at all of its events.

Black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is credited with pushing for the change at the race association after driving his car with the Black Lives Matter livery.

Among those who disagreed with NASCAR’s move were protesters flying the Talladega Speedway with a southern flag flying from an airplane.

NASCAR responded to Black Lives Matter in June by banning further use of the Southern flag, which was once widely seen at all of its events.  Among those who disagreed with the move were protesters flying a southern flag (photo) over Talladega Speedway by plane.

NASCAR responded to Black Lives Matter in June by banning further use of the Southern flag, which was once widely seen at all of its events.  Among those who disagreed with the move were protesters flying a southern flag (photo) over Talladega Speedway by plane.

NASCAR responded to Black Lives Matter in June by banning further use of the Southern flag, which was once widely seen at all of its events. Among those who disagreed with the move were protesters flying a southern flag (photo) over Talladega Speedway by plane.

The flag hoisted in Burke County by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and costing $ 800 provoked protests from the mayor in the nearby town of Hildebran.

“I’ve had countless contacts from people who said they wouldn’t do business in the city because of that flag,” said Mayor Wendell Hildebrand.

“And $ 800 could be better used to help veterans,” he added.

The flag hoisted in Burke County by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which cost $ 800, drew protests from the mayor in the nearby town of Hilde.  Mayor Wendell Hildebrand (photo) said he was answering calls

The flag hoisted in Burke County by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which cost $ 800, drew protests from the mayor in the nearby town of Hilde.  Mayor Wendell Hildebrand (photo) said he was answering calls

The flag hoisted in Burke County by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and costing $ 800 provoked protests from the mayor in the nearby town of Hildebran. Mayor Wendell Hildebrand (photo) said he answered calls from people who refused to do business with the city about the flag

Captain CF Connor Camp worked with the Sons of Confederate Veterans in raising the big flag, the Hickory Daily Record reports. It replaced a smaller flag that was damaged.

Catawba County NAACP President Jerry McCombs said the Sons of Confederate Veterans have the right to raise the flag.

“But if I had family members in that war, and knowing that the war was about slavery, I would thank the people who fought but didn’t support them,” he told the Daily Record.

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