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Juneteenth / Palatka, Florida / An Open Letter

Dear Ms Lunelle,

From the bottom of my heart on behalf of myself, Terry Lee, Ms Ruby Singleton who was in charge of the Juneteenth activities in Palatka, Florida ; we all thank you Mr.. Mark Schonbrun of Tampa and Mr.. H.A.Wall,JR.of Durham, N.C. for aiding us in being present, although we didn't arrive in the city until 7:PM on Saturday . Terry Lee and I were not able to be there in time for the parade and earlier activities, we celebrated the evening with the children and community for the remaining of the evening. I later adorned in my Confederate uniform spent approximately one hour and a half at the foot of the bridge with my glorious flag blowing in the night time breeze.

On Sunday morning I again adorned my uniform and picked up my glorious banner as we attended the Juneteenth church services on the board walk with the community which included visitors from all across the state and other far away points. I must point out that one of the sisters of the black church that was presenting the church services asked me to furl my flag. After much dialogue, she found out that nothing she had to say was going to make that happen ; including her appeal to Ms. Ruby who in no uncertain terms told her that if she could convince me to furl it , it would be fine, however, not to make it an issue because the flag belonged there as much as any artifact present, and so did I. The young lady sat beside me with her family during the entire service which was preached by her mother, the pastor, who gave me Terry Lee and I a most gracious reception, and I must say later on became one of my best new found friends. Terry Lee even aided the congregations musicians with his masterful renditions on the African drums.

Ms Ruby expressed some disappointment that the Sons of Confederate Veterans did not participate in the parade on Saturday. She said that she had also asked them to come and speak to the gathered participants also. In the defense of the Sons; I spoke to Commander Davis who said that there had not been sufficient time to respond to any of the request , but that if I would gather enough information on the proceedings and contact information with Ms Ruby; the Sons would help with the event in 07. I was some what disappointed that the NAACP, and Palatka Newspaper did not show up on Saturday evening or Sunday morning, especially after the trashing they levied upon the Southern Legal Resource Center, myself and the Honorable Kirk D. Lyons. However, I am told that they had been present for the morning parade. Ms Ruby should be given a huge hug from all our Southern family for the stand she made in Palatka. Her understanding that truths have not been told about the history of the honorable people of the South and the courageous stand that they made together in the defense of our homeland, no matter that one was called slave and the other master. I also want to thank my little brother for emptying out his personal coffers to also aid in this most important journey and all the sacrifices made as I have worked on killing his car as I have killed another of mine; for my van now sits with the mechanic needing a new head gasket. That's my hint to all my Southern family to reach again in their pockets to help all of us around here as we forge forward to vindicate our people and Southern homeland.

Your Brother,
HK