A city police report describes the theft of 70 flags from the graves of Confederate veterans at Oak Grove Cemetery as theft of property. Two officers of a Sons of Confederate Veterans camp say it was a desecration considering Congress long ago conferred the same status on the Confederate dead as other U.S. veterans.

The report of the missing flags was made August 18 by Hal Crowe, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Thomas Marsh Forman Camp #485. The Confederate battle flag “is represented on the flags and may be the reason they were stolen and removed,’’ the police report says. CONTINUE