Advisory Board changes course, agrees to flag placement

City Council approves flag placement in park after advisor board votes against it
For seeks veterans have protested the absence of a flag in the newest Salisbury park.
For seeks veterans have protested the absence of a flag in the newest Salisbury park.(David Whisenant-WBTV)
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 7:33 AM EDT
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SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) - The controversy over whether or not a permanent flag should be placed in Salisbury’s newest park is apparently over after the advisory board for Bell Tower Green Park agreed to accept a recommendation from the City Council to permanently place a flag in the park.

Council voted unanimously in its Tuesday night meeting to allow the addition of a permanent American flag to Bell Tower Green Park. This comes after the park’s advisory committee voted 6-1 against the permanent placement of the flag.

The $13 million park was built largely by private donations and opened in October 2021. Located between West Innes, South Church, West Fisher and South Jackson streets, the park has become a popular gathering spot for families and the venue for major events like a Christmas tree lighting.

In August a veterans group began protesting the absence of a flag in the park by standing outside the park entrance and waving American flags.

“This is an American city, and All-American city, and we have no flag, so my passion is I fought for this flag, I watched people die for this flag, I’ve seen people born under this flag, so why no flag,” said veteran Thomas “Ski” Kopetzky. “This beautiful park, Bell Tower Green, it needs a flag.”

Even though Tuesday’s vote was unanimous, the recommendation must have the written agreement of Bell Tower Green Inc. The oversight board was a stipulation included when the City of Salisbury took over operation of the park. It also means that changes cannot be made at the park without the board’s approval. Council adopted a second resolution asking Bell Tower Green to choose a location within the park for the flag and notify the council within 30 days.

As of late Wednesday, the advisory board had agreed with the council vote.