On October 4, Virginia made it illegal to drive in their state with Confederate flag license plates. Before the law went into effect, the Department of Motor Vehicles sent out a series of warning letters to drivers.
Unfortunately for the state of Virginia, things didn’t quite go according to plan.
Kevin Collier, commander of the Stonewall Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, received a letter last month ordering him to swap out his Confederate flag license plate with a new one. He then purposely missed the deadline, and told reporters that he has no plans to comply.
According to IJ Review, Collier pointed out that his great-great-great grandfather fought for the Confederacy, and that he plans to honor him with his license plate.
“I can’t fight on the battlefield like they did, but I can fight however I can in modern times and I’m not giving them plates up,” he said. “Next thing you know, they’re going to say you can’t wear blue on Monday…or you can’t wear yellow on Thursday. Where’s it going to end?”
Of the 1,600 drivers who received the letter, only 187 have returned their Confederate Flag license plates to Virginia DMVs. Some have even sent the replacement plates back to DMVs along with a note that reads, “No Thank You.”
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