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Confederate battle flag rises in Va. off I-95

Saturday - 9/28/2013, 1:10pm  ET

Associated Press

CHESTER, Va. (AP) -- A Confederate battle flag was unfurled along a stretch of Interstate 95 south of Richmond amid cheers and a volley of rifle fire.

The flag-raising Saturday in Chesterfield County had stirred a strong response in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy. But no protesters could be seen as more than 200 people gathered in a freshly cleared circle of forest to watch the 15-by-20-foot flag rise up a flagpole.

The placement of the flag along the busy interstate had been criticized by many who consider the Confederate flag a symbol of division. Nearly 25,000 have signed an online petition in opposition to the flag-raising.

A group called the Virginia Flaggers sponsored the flag-raising. They say it was intended to honor the South's war dead, not offend.

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