Veterans Day Parade flag issue back on agenda for city commission

PADUCAH — Should people be allowed to fly Confederate flags at the Paducah Veterans Day Parade? That issue is back up for discussion among city leaders.

At the first city commission meeting of the year Tuesday night, Commissioner Richard Abraham — who is also mayor pro tem — said he wants to undo a resolution that restricts flags in the parade to the American flag and flags for the branches of its military.

That excludes other flags, including the Confederate flag and state flags.

“I’m looking at the resolution, and I’m looking at the Veterans Day Parade that happened a few months ago, and there were a group of participants that adhered to the resolution. Our two local high schools adhered to the resolution, but there were other flags flying. So, I am of the mind that we don’t need this resolution anymore,” Abraham said.

After city leaders passed the resolution in 2017, that decision sparked multiple debates with the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Abraham says he believes the resolution violates the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. He asked that the matter be discussed during the Jan. 22 city commission meeting.

Commissioner Sandra Wilson asked that the issue be added to the agenda, for members of the Veterans Day Parade Committee be at the meeting and for city staff to get a legal opinion about the validity of the resolution ahead of the meeting.

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