A plane flew over the stadium of the Jacksonville Jags during their game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, displaying a Confederate flag. The aircraft was commissioned by Save Southern Heritage, which wanted to make a statement regarding the removal of Confederate monuments in both cities.
Kirk Lyons, a spokesperson for SSH, said that the organization wanted to give the people of these cities a Thanksgiving gift. He noted that they are letting the officials know that they will not be ignored.
SSH claimed that a survey conducted by the organization revealed that 75% of the residents of the city support keeping the Confederate Veterans War Memorials in place. The group did not provide the demographics of the respondents or the margin of error of the poll.
In response to the growing controversy regarding the removal of Confederate monuments in the city, Mayor Lenny Curry of Jacksonville stated that he has allocated the necessary funds to remove the structures.
The budget for the removal of Confederate monuments in the city was rejected earlier this year by the city council. Since becoming mayor, Curry has successfully removed a Confederate soldier statue from near the city hall.
The organization SSH was formed in 2015 in response to the actions of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who had called for the removal of Confederate monuments.
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