The Confederate flag once again flies outside Florida's Marion County government complex after commissioners voted unanimously to put it back up.
The flag was removed Thursday and temporarily replaced with a flag with the seal of Marion County, in central Florida. It was returned Tuesday morning, moments after a commission vote, and now once again flies over the Fallen Officers Memorial on Southeast 28th Street in Ocala, Fla.
The flag was taken down by Interim County Administrator Bill Kaufman and Marion County Board Chairman Stan McClain after the shooting deaths of nine worshippers inside the Emmanuel AME Church in South Carolina. The shooter, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, had posed with a Confederate flag in photos prior to the deadly shootings.
Members of the public turned out for Tuesday's county commission meeting to speak of their desire for the vote to return the flag.
"We are all exposed to messages and symbols that may not connect for us, but we should all honor our ancestors and protect free expression," state Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, said about the commission vote to return the flag to its spot.
Before its removal, the flag had flown outside the complex for more than two decades. It now again flies alongside the American, Spanish, French and British flags.
(h/t WKMG Local 6, News 13)