The Citadel's response to the S.C. Attorney General's decision about the Confederate Naval Jack in Summerall Chapel:
We appreciate the Attorney General's attention in reviewing the case of the Confederate Naval Jack in Summerall Chapel. The confirmation that The Citadel is following state law by treating the flag as a memorial that falls under the Heritage Act resolves this issue for the college. As the flag in the chapel is on public property and we are a state institution, we have a duty to follow the law.
We understand and respect the fact that any flag brings up strong emotions. We hope that the Attorney General's decision that the flag's location is set by the Heritage Act will bring closure for those who have raised this issue.
Lieutenant General Michael Steele, USA (Retired)
Chair, The Citadel Board of Visitors