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Confederate Flag could be banned at veterans' cemeteries

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Some see it as a symbol of hate, others see it as a piece of history.

The Confederate Flag is back in the spotlight, but this time at veterans’ cemeteries.

The stars and stripes of the American flag surround thousands of white gravestones at Louisville's veterans’ cemeteries, but it’s a red, white and blue of a different kind that is causing problems.

The House of Representatives recently passed a bill banning the display of confederate flags on flagpoles at veterans’ cemeteries. While small, individual grave site flags would still be allowed, Air Force Veteran Philip Overmyer says he has no issue with the large flag being on display.

“In a sense you're disrespecting those guys who served,” Overmyer said. “You know there was a multitude of reasons. It wasn't just for slavery we went to war, and a lot of people don't realize that.”

A Confederate Flag was nowhere in sight at the Louisville cemeteries, but Congressman John Yarmuth voted in favor of the ban.

In a statement he wrote, "Following the Civil War, even Robert E. Lee wrote that it was 'wiser moreover not to keep open the sores of war' by continuing to display the flag, and I join those who recognize it as a symbol of division and a relic of a tragic chapter in American history."

“I hate the racism, I hate it," Overmyer said. "You know, I look at both those guys, as being a veteran myself, I look at both those guys on both sides as brothers."

Army veteran Brian Adler says a cemetery is the one place that the flag should be allowed.

“You also should not forget it. You definitely don't want to let go of all the history,” Adler said. “We need to remember those things so we don't repeat them with a different group.”

Although the bill was passed in the House, it is not law. It still has to be sent to the senate for vote.

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