HEBRON, N.D. — A North Dakota couple who are displaying a Confederate flag outside their home say they don’t intend to take it down following the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bob and Toni Jones have been displaying the flag outside their Hebron home for a few months since finding the flag at a flea market, The Bismarck Tribune reported . The couple said they believe the flag represents history and part of the American story.

“It’s not the flag; it’s the people,” Toni Jones said.

Bob Jones said the flag to him symbolizes “freedom, change and love.”

Toni Jones said she’s been criticized for wearing a Confederate flag hoodie and bandanna in her town.

“It sets us apart,” she said. “It doesn’t bother me either way; I’ve always been a loner.”

The couple said they don’t intend to take down the flag, despite what it represents to others.

Bob Jones said people need to respect all points of view and opinions.

Hebron City Councilman Harvey Tibor said that although he has his own opinions about the flag, he doesn’t plan to address it. He said no one has complained about the flag to the council.

“The less we make of it, the less will come of it,” Tibor said. “If we make a big thing, it just makes people belligerent.”


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com