Some people were surprised by what they saw at the Beaufort County Courthouse in Washington Thursday.
The Confederate Flag was flying. It's actually nothing new. It's part of a tradition that dates back to 1999. That's when Joseph Carter Leary, Commander of the Washington Grays, requested permission from the Beaufort County Commissioners to fly the Confederate Flag at the courthouse on confederate Memorial Day every year, which falls on May 10.
The commissioners passed that motion by a vote of five to two.
Carter Leary says "The flag is a tribute for those who served, fought, suffered and died as soldiers in the Confederate Army. It's our heritage, it's southern heritage. Those opposed don't know their own history, they're ignorant of their own history."
One onlooker, LaMont Flowers of Beaufort County said, "I really don't have too much against it, but in a way, I could see how older people would be hurt by it but its nothing I can change, just have to deal with it."
Carter Leary says he has no plans to stop flying the Confederate Flag every May 10. Only two of the commissioners who voted in favor of the motion in 1999 still remain on the board.