- Associated Press - Sunday, October 23, 2016

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - A new policy governing Confederate battle flags at the Natchez City Cemetery is drawing scrutiny.

The cemetery association’s President Cyndy Stevens tells The Natchez Democrat ( https://bit.ly/2edT9Au ) that descendants of Confederate veterans can place a small Confederate flag on their ancestors’ graves on Confederate Memorial Day in April and Memorial Day. The policy used to be for one week in April.

Organizations can also place flags on the graves of Confederate veterans buried in two Confederate burial plots. They can no longer place flags on graves of individuals in private family plots.

Stevens says they received complaints the Confederate flags were up too long and put on plots against families’ wishes.

But Jason Blaney from the Sons of Confederate Veterans disagrees with the policy, saying it will make it difficult to get the flags up and down in a timely manner.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/


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