I would like to express my opinion on how the National Park Service took down the Confederate flags at Fort Sumter. I believe the flags should have been kept up at the fort because they were a reminder of how the Civil War started and also the Union’s struggle to keep the Confederate city of Charleston under control.

The flags flown at the fort indicate that it was a Union fort taken over by the Confederates on April 12, 1861, marking the start of the American Civil War. The flags should have been kept at Fort Sumter to commemorate this event in American history.

However, I do believe that the government did the right thing by taking down the Confederate flag outside of South Carolina’s Statehouse because the flag was used against the African-American race during the Civil Rights Movement.

William Edwards

Gleneagles Drive

Summerville