Confederate flags stolen from Georgia graves

About 70 replicas of the Confederate flag were stolen recently from graves in southeast Georgia, according to a media report.

The thefts were reported at the Confederate section of Oak Grove Cemetery in Brunswick, the Florida Times-Union reported. Brunswick is about 300 miles southeast of Atlanta.

An official with the local Sons of Confederate Veterans organization, which reported the thefts, thinks the flags were stolen because they included the Confederate battle emblem, the paper reported.

“You wouldn’t go through any other cemetery removing American flags from graves,” James C. Carter said. “These are men who answered the call of their state, just like Union soldiers answered the calls of their states.”

Carter said the Sons of Confederate Veterans is not a political organization, and that membership comes from ancestry.