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FLAG MEME FOR PENSACOLIANS

IF THIS FLAG OFFENDS YOU, YOU NEED A HISTORY LESSON.

 

IF THIS FLAG DOES NOT OFFEND YOU JUST A LITTLE BIT, YOU NEED A HISTORY LESSON.

 

IF THIS FLAG DOES NOT OFFEND YOU A LOT, YOU NEED A HISTORY LESSON.

 

IF THIS FLAG DOES NOT OFFEND YOU A LOT, YOU NEED A HISTORY LESSON.

 

IF THIS FLAG DOES NOT OFFEND YOU A LOT, YOU NEED A HISTORY LESSON.

 

 

IF THIS FLAG DOES NOT MAKE YOU MAD AS HELL, YOU MOST DEFINITELY NEED A HISTORY LESSON.

AMERICAN FLAGS

We expect our American troops to defend our current American Flag against all foreign enemies.

But if we don’t defend our historical American Flags against all domestic enemies, how can we be worthy of our American troops?

SAY NO TO CENSORSHIP

On June 24, 2015, Republican Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays.  He did this without the consent of his constituents.

Mayor Hayward stated, in a press release:

“While the Confederate Flag undeniably represents a part of Pensacola’s history, to many it is a painful symbol of racial hatred and intolerance.”

Mayor Hayward didn’t mention that the “Confederate Flag” he had censored was not the Confederate Battle Flag—but the First Confederate Flag.  This flag:

On June 25, 2015, Escambia County Democratic Women’s Club President Dianne Krumel made this demand of the Escambia County Commission:

“I understand the flags are down, but I want to make it permanent.  I don’t want any chance of those flags going back up.”

All five members of the Escambia County Commission—Republican Doug Underhill, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Steven Barry, Republican Wilson Robertson (whose seat is now occupied by Republican Jeff Bergosh), and Democrat Lumon May—gave in to Dianne Krumel’s demand, and chose to keep the First Confederate Flag censored from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays.  They did this without the consent of their constituents—including me.

This government-imposed censorship of the First Confederate Flag, from our historical flags displays, continues—without our consent.

Yet now there is a way you can help me put a stop to this government-imposed censorship of our historical flags displays here in Greater Pensacola, Florida—and you don’t even have to be a resident of Greater Pensacola, Florida, to do it.

I’ve started an online petition to have the First Confederate Flag returned to its rightful place in Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays:

https://www.change.org/p/pensacola-mayor-ashton-hayward-and-the-escambia-county-board-of-county-commissioners-return-the-first-confederate-flag-to-its-rightful-place-in-pensacola-s-five-flags-displays

Are you as opposed to government-imposed censorship as I am?

Then click on the link above, and sign the petition—and together we can say no to censorship.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT

“We are gathered here as patriots and proud citizens.  Proud citizens of not just Pensacola, but also of Florida, and most importantly, citizens of the United States of America.  We are not gathered here in hate; we are gathered here in love for our country, the history of our country, and love for our fellow Americans.  We do not represent white supremacy, or tolerate any form of racism in our midst.  We are gathered here to let the mayor, the city council, and citizens of Pensacola know that we do not want our Monument to Our Confederate Dead moved or destroyed.

“Since 1891, this monument has stood watch over Pensacola.  Surviving for 126 years, it has watched the growth of this great nation.  It has watched a nation heal after the civil war.  It has watched a nation come together to fight and triumph in 2 world wars.  It has watched a nation strive in the 1960’s against racial inequality as the civil rights movement blossomed with the fruits of liberty and equality.  It has watched Pensacola grow into the beautiful, productive city that it is today.

“Our Monument to Our Confederate Dead has a special meaning to each of us.  To our military veterans, it stands as a memorial to our Southern veterans who gave their lives.  To people who had family members fight during the civil war, it is a monument to their honor.  To all humanity, it stands as a tribute to love for lost loved ones.  To all Americans, it stands on as a monument to warn us of the consequences of not being able to resolve our differences in a non-violent manner.

“Also present with us today are counter-protesters.  These men and women have different opinions than we do.  But we are all Americans. We are fighting to protect a monument that is dedicated to the heroes ‘whose joy was to suffer and die for a cause they believed to be just.’ The counter-protesters are also fighting for a cause that they believe to be just.  We must convince them by the dignity of our actions that we also represent the American values of freedom and justice.  Our monument is not a sign of racism; it is a memorial to dignity and respect.

“On September 14, 2017, the city council will meet at the Pensacola City Hall, 222 West Main Street.  We invite all interested parties to come participate and let the city council know where we stand.  You may also call the city council members and let them know how much we treasure our monument.”

Jewel Cannada-Wynn, District 7,  (850) 346-7264

Brian Spencer, District 6,  (850) 426-8314

Gerald Wingate, District 5,  (850) 607-0185

Larry Johnson, District 4,  (850) 435-1609

Andy Terhaar, District 3,  (850) 377-3949

Sherri Myers, District 2,  (850) 484-0902

Dr. P.C. Wu, District 1,  (850) 477-5279

Ashton Hayward, Mayor,  (850) 435-1626

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 1

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 3

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PENSACOLA’S FIVE-FLAGS DISPLAYS

PROUD DESCENDANT OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS

Pensacola City Council,

For God’s sake, vote that our Confederate memorial monument is left alone—and in peace.

Our Confederate memorial monument belongs to all of us residents of Escambia County, Florida—of all races and ethnicities.  It does not belong to the Pensacola City Council, and it damned sure doesn’t belong to the Despotic Mayor Ashton Hayward.

Our Confederate memorial monument is too old and fragile to be moved—any attempt to move it will result in its destruction.

On June 24, 2015, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s historical flags displays.  He did this without the consent of his constituents.

On June 25, 2015, all five Escambia County Commissioners chose to keep the First Confederate Flag censored from Pensacola’s historical flags displays.  They did this without the consent of their constituents—including me.

I live just down the street from the censored Five-Flags display in front of the Osceola Municipal Golf Course.  So every time I leave my residence, I have to see this gross infringement on our First-Amendment right to freedom of speech.  And every time I return to my residence, I have to see this gross infringement on our First-Amendment right to freedom of speech.  And I am so goddamned tired of being forced to look at this local-government censorship.

Yet that flag can be restored, once Republican Ashton Hayward, Republican Doug Underhill, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Steven Barry, Republican Jeff Bergosh, and Democrat Lumon May are voted out of office—and hopefully into political oblivion.

That monument cannot.

We cannot let Ashton Hayward do to Pensacola what Mitch Landrieu has done to New Orleans—we simply cannot.

And I am counting on you to see that what has happened in New Orleans will not happen here.

See to it that our Confederate memorial monument is left alone—and in peace.

Scott Mayo

Pensacola, Florida resident since 1998

Native of Mobile, Alabama

Proud descendant of Confederate veterans who fought for neither slavery nor states’ rights—but simply to protect their homes and families from an overwhelmingly powerful, invading army

“OUR MONUMENTS REPRESENT ALL WE’VE DONE AND HOW FAR WE’VE COME!”

Freedom to embrace all monuments

“‘Throw it away,’ says the mayor.  ‘Let it be,’ says this twice-awarded Purple Heart, Mustang Marine, who fought for freedom and country!  I graduated from the ‘old’ Pensacola High School (Class of 1948).  It was located across the street from Lee Square.  Pensacola is ‘America’s First City’ and Palafox Street is one of the ‘Ten Best Streets in America.’  How is the removal of this heritage monument going to affect the city’s reputation?  This monument stands in honor of fallen men and women who fought for their cause.  It will be starting a dangerous precedent, because this madness could start a tidal wave washing down Palafox and washing over to the Wall South, removing all our monuments! 

“We need to remember this great country was founded on diversity and our monuments represent all we’ve done and how far we’ve come!  Let’s look forward and embrace our freedom to have all monuments, not just a few chosen ones.  Now is the time for sensible leadership to demand the mayor and all the council to stop this reckless behavior!”

Lt. Com. W.E. Corley, Pensacola

Pensacola News Journal, Sunday, September 17, 2017


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