The National Parks Service has granted a permit to the the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) white supremacist group for a rally at Gettysburg, the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the U.S. Civil War.
According to WHP, the National Parks Service approved the permit despite public outrage over the rally.
“The National Park Service mission in preserving and protecting the historic resources at Gettysburg includes making them available to all Americans, even those whose views are contrary to the majority of the American public,” the Park Service said in a statement.
Bill Mcallister, whose great-great-great-grandfather was a medic during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, was at a loss for words when he found out about the KKK’s plans.
“To have the KKK come here is obnoxious,” he told WHP. “To speak with as much emotion as I can get without swearing… to me it’s abhorrent they would come to this battlefield to do anything.”
A heavy police presence was on hand for the Klan’s last rally at Gettysburg in 2006. During that event, there was one arrest of an anti-Klan protester.
“There’s a limit and I think our forefathers thought there would be a limit,” Mcallister lamented. “And we’ve gone way beyond those bounds in my opinion.”
Watch the video below from WHP, broadcast Sept. 26, 2013.