On September 17, 2010 King, NC city council members voted to remove the Christian flag from the Veteran’s Memorial in the city’s Central Park. Removal of the flag followed a citizen complaint and the threat of a lawsuit by the ACLU.
However, many citizens of King disagree with the removal of the flag to avoid the lawsuit and say they want the flag returned to the Memorial site. In fact, there has been a return of the flag, although not official or sanctioned by the city. In addition, most downtown merchants now fly the flag in front of businesses, symbolizing their support for and belief in the Christian Flag and all for which it stands .
The Facebook Group supporting return of the flag quickly grew to include more than 1600 supporters. Information there is updated several time daily.
A 24 hour vigil continues, as citizens of King and surrounding areas hold a passive protest, designed to demonstrate their support for the return of the flag to its rightful place among other flags flying on the Memorial in Central Park. Area churches and businesses appear to fully support the protest.
Citizens, many veterans among them, battle the elements and the autumn chill to protest the removal. They have pledged to maintain a 24/7 vigil as as a form of passive protest against the action. Contributions to support the cause have been collected as well
Additional events are slated to influence and determine the outcome of this controversy:
October 4th, The King City Council will once again meet and this time they will take public comments on the return of the flag to its pole and the issue of dealing with a lawsuit by the ACLU.
October 23rd, Protest March from Calvary Baptist Church to Central Park in King, site of the Memorial.