Americans React to the Removal of the Confederate Flag

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The Confederate flag is permanently removed from the South Carolina State House grounds during a ceremony in Columbia on July 10. Jason Miczek/Reuters

Updated | Members of the Honor Guard on Friday morning removed the Confederate flag from South Carolina's State House grounds, marking a historic moment for the country.

Demands to take down the flag surfaced in the wake of the June 17 deadly shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, that killed nine people. The decision was emotional and symbolic for many Americans.

It's a new day in South Carolina

— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) July 10, 2015

South Carolina taking down the confederate flag - a signal of good will and healing, and a meaningful step towards a better future.

— President Obama (@POTUS44) July 10, 2015

Courage in South Carolina – a divisive symbol comes down. The healing continues. God bless the Mother Emanuel victims and their families.

— VP Biden (Archived) (@VP44) July 10, 2015

I look forward to the citizens of South Carolina being one under one flag, the American Flag. #ItCameDown #OneSC

— James E. Clyburn (@Clyburn) July 10, 2015

The Confederate flag has been taken down at the South Carolina State Capitol. Progress! #ItCameDown

— Rep. Dan Kildee (@RepDanKildee) July 10, 2015

Proud to see people of South Carolina choose unity over divisiveness & take down the Confederate Flag. US House should do same. #ItCameDown

— Rep. Susan Davis (@RepSusanDavis) July 10, 2015

This is long, long overdue.

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 10, 2015