Long Running Controversy in Crestview Gets Longer

By: Cristina Pfeffer Email
By: Cristina Pfeffer Email

A Confederate Flag has been flying over the Crestview home and memorial to William "Uncle Bill" Lundy for years.

Lundy was Florida’s last surviving Confederate Soldier when he died back in the 1950's.

"Our organization is to make sure of the Confederate Soldier is honored, that the truth is told about the war,” Ken Daniel, member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans.

But the flag has become the center of a civil rights controversy.

"Recognize the fact that no matter how it makes you feel personally there are many others in our city who feel offended and their feelings should be considered,” said Raymond Nelson, President of the Okaloosa County NAACP.

Crestview City Council Members held a special meeting on the issue, in response to the latest complaints from the NAACP.

After an hour of public comment, and none from the council, the board adjourned without taking any action.

The flag will stay for now.

"It is just very disappointing,” said Nelson.

NAACP members say they will continue to bring up this matter until the city removes the flag.

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