WASHINGTON (News release) – Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay (D) and Congressman Ruben Gallego (D) Arizona, introduced a bill Thursday to prohibit the Confederate Battle Flag at cemeteries operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, including Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis County.
The VA currently permits the display of the Confederate flag on Memorial Day as well as on Confederate Memorial Day.
“The Confederate battle flag is a treasonous symbol of a war of insurrection instigated by white supremacists who made war on the United States to preserve the horrors of slavery and the cursed economic system that it fueled by subjugating and humiliating millions of African Americans for almost 300 years.
“This bloody relic of racial terrorism, which was embraced last month by Dylann Roof as he gunned down nine innocent souls in prayer at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, is the very same banner of hatred that has been proudly displayed by the Ku Klux Klan for 150 years. It has no place in any national cemetery administered by the Veterans Administration. Our bill would finally prohibit this highly offensive practice.”