Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced that he would not march in the city's Veterans Day parade on Saturday because "it will include groups carrying the Confederate flag."
Those groups include the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and the Descendants of Confederate Veterans — the same groups that (unsuccessfully) sued the San Antonio City Council for removing the Travis Park Confederate monument. Organizers of the parade, however, voted to ban the flag from the festivities since they understood that some community members view it as a negative symbol.
Despite the parade committee's ban, Adler said the move wasn't enough, according to KVUE
"Symbols of racism, Civil War secession, and white supremacy should not be forgotten or erased, but they need to be remembered and studied in museums and classrooms, not cheered and applauded in parades," Adler said in a statement. Regardless, advocates for the flag take this is as an attempt to completely forget the Civil War.
Adler said the day should focus on honoring veterans. Instead of taking part in the parade, he said he'll be volunteering at the Central Texas Food Bank, which he said serves many veterans in the community.