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Hundreds attend Confederate soldiers' memorial event

By AP/KWMU

Higginsville, MO – Hundreds of people attended a memorial service Sunday for Confederate soldiers.

It was the first time the Confederate flag has flown over the state historic site in Higginsville since Governor Bob Holden ordered them down two years ago.

Governor Matt Blunt allowed them to fly Sunday for the Confederate soldiers' memorial day.

That prompted about 20 people to protest outside the governor's mansion in Jefferson City.

The crowd Sunday at the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site in Higginsville was about four times as large as organizers had expected. Site administrator Greta Marshall attributes the large turnout to the return of the Confederate flag.

The demonstration in Jefferson City was organized by the NAACP.

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