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Fair-minded Coalition to hold decommissioning service for Confederate flag

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    Corey Helmling, right, of Elyria walks through the Lorain County Fair with a newly purchased Confederate flag, alongside his friend Curtis Toth of LaGrange Monday. Helmling stated that to him the flag stands for "Stand your ground. Don't back down"

    ROGER SOMMER / CHRONICLE

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WELLINGTON — The Fair-minded Coalition of Lorain County will hold a decommissioning service at the square in downtown Wellington to symbolically “bury” the Confederate flag and commit it to history Sunday.

The service at 5 p.m. will be officiated by area clergy who are also members of the Fair-minded Coalition.

“It is only fitting that we ‘bury’ the existence of this flag here in Wellington on the last day of the fair and in what might be the last year that the flag is sold at the Lorain County Fair,” the event’s coordinator and coaliton member Virginia Simmons said.

The flag to be decommissioned is the one that was draped over the American flag billboard purchased by the Coalition on state Route 57, according to a release from the Fair-minded Coalition.

Lorain Councilman Angel Arroyo and others retrieved the flag from the billboard shortly after learning of it.

The Fair-minded Coalition is a committee established in 2016 by the Elyria and Lorain YWCAs with the aim of stopping the sale of Confederate flags at the Lorain County Fair, which it says is “America’s most enduring symbol of hate.”



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