Monday was supposed to be a joyous celebration of the new class of Florida Veterans inducted into the state’s Veterans Hall of Fame. But as Matt Galka tells us, a wild scene erupted because of a Confederate Veteran supporter.
David McCallister with the Sons of Confederate Veterans group was outraged Monday. He’s pushed for Confederate Florida soldiers to be honored in the state’s Veteran’s Hall of Fame.
“CONFEDERATE VETERANS SERVED FLORIDA, TOO! WHY ARE THEY NOT BEING PUT INTO THE VETERANS HALL OF FAME? IT’S A SCANDAL!” shouted McCallister.
Florida’s Governor and cabinet rejected 3 Confederate soldiers from the hall of fame earlier this year – including a former Governor, U.S. Senator, and Florida National Guardsman.
Dale Landry with the Florida NAACP has been against including the soldiers all year.
“They should keep it just the way it is, for the veterans who died serving our country,” said Landry.
The main reason Confederate soldiers aren’t currently allowed in the hall of fame: they never served in the United States military because they fought for the Confederacy.
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs went ahead with the ceremony and inducted 5 new members into the state’s Hall of Fame.
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