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Confederate flag wristbands dumped after Fourth of July mixup, NC officials say

Forsyth County said the Confederate flag wristbands were ordered by mistake.
Forsyth County said the Confederate flag wristbands were ordered by mistake. Sage Magness

When Sage Magness went to a public pool near Winston-Salem, staff handed out what appeared at first glance to be patriotic red, white and blue wristbands for entry, an obvious choice for the 4th of July weekend.

“I was floating in the pool and I noticed,” Magness said, the wristband did not feature the stars and stripes, but actually the Confederate flag.

The teenagers working at the Tanglewood Park pool Sunday had no idea what to do, Magness said. They said to call the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department.

When Magness called the department, they said the person who picked up the phone initially didn’t believe it and said they were “generic red, white and blue.”

But then Magness sent a picture. The department apologized immediately, Magness said.

County officials said they disposed of the Confederate flag wristbands on Monday, according to WFMY.

Forsyth County deputy manager Damon Sanders-Pratt said a young county staff member ordered the wristbands by mistake, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

“Our staff person selected two styles that they believed were patriotic in that they were homages to the American flag,” he told the newspaper. “One was called ‘Stars & Stripes Red & Blue’ and the other was called ‘Stars and Bars Multicolored.’”

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Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.
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