CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A banner that read “restore Silent Sam now” flew high over the Triangle this weekend, causing some buzz, WTVD reports.
The NC Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans said it is responsible for flying the plane that towed the sign, which also included a large Army of Tennessee battle flag. The Army of Tennessee was part of the Confederate Army and the battle flag looks very similar to the flag commonly described as the Confederate Flag.
The group said the “Veterans Day flyover” was meant to draw attention to their demand to put the Silent Sam Statue back on UNC’s campus after it was knocked down by protesters in August.
“Those sons of the University and North Carolina, represented by Silent Sam, who fought and died in the War Between the States were the ‘real’ Tar Heels,” the group said in a news release, WTVD reports. “They brought honor and meaning to a once derogatory nickname – a nickname from which the University profits.”
The plan for what to do with the statue has been moved to December.
No revised exact date for the plan was released, but it is believed to be ready in time for the Board of Governors to consider it at its Dec. 14 meeting.