COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ The Confederate flag, for some a symbol of slavery and others a tribute to their Southern heritage, was removed Saturday from the South Carolina Statehouse dome where it had flown for 38 years.

In an elaborate ceremony, it was removed by Citadel cadets amid cheering flag supporters and jeering anti-Confederate flag demonstrators. A smaller, square version was raised moments later on 30-foot flag pole in front of Confederate soldier's monument on Statehouse grounds.