Florida Veterans Hall of Fame ceremony draws Confederate protest

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By Jeremy Wallace

A decision to omit three Confederate soldiers from the state’s fledgling Veterans Hall of Fame likely never looked better than it did Monday to state officials.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott mostly avoided having to discuss the state’s Civil War past during a ceremony honoring five veterans, thanks in large part to a decision in March by him and the Cabinet to leave off the names of three who fought for the Confederate States of America.

But that didn’t sit well with David McCallister, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans from Wesley Chapelhire vets who led a one-man protest before Scott arrived. Waving a small Confederate flag and wearing a tie with the same design, McCallister stood at the front of the ceremony with about 200 people declaring Florida needed to recognize Confederate soldiers along with U.S. military veterans.

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