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Confederate flag, ‘restore Silent Sam’ banner fly over Triangle

November 13, 2018

Plane flying with 'restore Silent Sam' banner seen over Butner

For the second time this month, a plane with a Confederate flag and “restore Silent Sam” banner was seen flying in North Carolina.

According to a Facebook post, the flag and banner were expected to fly over Chapel Hill- near the University of North Carolina campus, Durham and Raleigh as people commemorated Veterans Day across the state.

“[The plane] will be in the air for a couple of hours showing the citizens of North Carolina that all veterans matter and that those brave men who were called to serve their country deserve to be honored,” a Facebook post from the group said.

A similar banner was seen flying over Butner on Nov. 3.

A Facebook post discussing plans to fly the banner over the state as “Operation Not So Silent Sam.”

The “Silent Sam” statue was toppled by protesters on Aug. 20 after being an issue of contention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for years.

Since the statue fell, McCorkle Place has been the sight of additional protests, from those who want the statue to return and those who do not want to see it back on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

The “Silent Sam” statue has been in storage since it was toppled.

Chancellor Carol Folt’s administration and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees have until Dec. 14 to submit a plan for the statue’s future to the UNC Board of Governors.

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