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.