The last man to hold South Carolina's Confederate flag

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The Last Man To Hold South Carolina's Confederate Flag

Lt. Derrick Gamble, the last man to hold the Confederate battle flag after it was taken down from a flagpole at South Carolina's state Capitol on Friday, spoke about the event.

"How did you feel while you were doing that?"

"A sense of honor knowing that the people of South Carolina have come together to make this happen."

The 47-year-old highway patrol honor guard said his role in the ceremony was, quote, "just another mission" and he doesn't hold any personal feelings about the flag.

He says his carrying the flag was merely a matter of seniority — He's been on the force for 21 years.

He was also part of the unit that carried the casket of slain state Sen. and Pastor Clementa Pinckney into the Statehouse — something he says he also didn't have personal feelings about.

But what did touch him on Friday was the ceremony, a day that he says "ranks near the top" of his career.

"Yeah this state has really come together as one. I think it showed the nation what it truly means to be one."

The flag will be put in a multimillion dollar display case at a military museum as part of a deal with lawmakers to take it down.

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