Based on some recent comments at Civil War Memory, it's clear there are quite a few folks who fail to understand the patriotism of Southerners who, while honoring their Confederate ancestors, still love and remain patriotic in their feelings toward the United States flag and the ideals she is supposed to stand for. This reveals a level of misunderstanding that I was really not all that aware of but, I suppose, should not be surprised by, given today's PC climate and hatred of all things Confederate. One person commented that, "there is a failure to recognize the inherent irony" (in flying both the Confederate battle flag as well as the United States flag).
First of all, how does one ascertain and declare that the persons flying both flags doesn't "recognize the inherent irony?" Did they stop and interview them? I doubt it. No, more than likely they made assumptions based on their misguided, politically correct beliefs about those who display the Confederate battle flag. Again, not surprising, especially coming from those who are from outside the South.
Displaying both flags is very common, especially among patriotic Southerners. I do it. My father did it. My grandfather did it. I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, have traveled throughout the South, and have seen both flags displayed together countless times here and all over the South. It is also a fairly common sight in many Southern cemeteries.
Is there irony? Yes, and no. On the surface, yes. But when one understands the deep patriotic sympathies of many Southerners whose ancestors fought for the Confederacy during the WBTS, then the irony becomes, shall we say, "less ironic." There is no more irony in flying both of these American flags than there is in folks who fly the United States flag with the British flag. That, too, is fairly common here in Virginia among those who celebrate their common American and British heritage.
I had three great-great grandfathers who fought for the Confederacy and a grandfather who fought for the U.S. in WWI, and another in WWII. Again, I think what we're seeing revealed in these comments is a fundamental lack of knowledge and misunderstanding regarding the deep patriotism of many Southerners whose ancestors fought for the Confederacy, as well as for the United States in the many wars since 1861.