Veterans' Day parade to go ahead -- with rebel flag

Organizers will go ahead with the popular Veterans' Day parade in Homestead despite the controversy over a group marching for the first time with the Confederate battle flag last November.

They decided at a meeting Thursday that they could not ban the flag as the Miami-Dade chapter of the NAACP had demanded.

The flag is a divisive symbol that reflects Southern heritage to some but deep racial wounds to others.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans marched in the 47-year-old Homestead parade with the rebel flag last November after a Veterans' Day parade in Palm Beach County had been canceled.

That sparked an outcry by the Miami-Dade chapter of the NAACP and others.

Jeffrey Wander, chairman of the military affairs committee of the Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce that plans the parade, said Thursday that his group is hoping controversy will be avoided by the Confederate group keeping the flag away.

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