RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Democrats in Virginia are asking officials to condemn a heritage group’s plans to fly a large Confederate flag along Interstate 95.

The Chesterfield County Democratic Committee says it mailed letters to supervisors Thursday. The committee said it realizes the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors cannot prevent the display of the flag, so it’s asking supervisors to pass a resolution denouncing the plan. The committee says the Confederate flag is a divisive symbol that could upset citizens and deter companies that are considering locating in Chesterfield.

The Virginia Flaggers plans to fly the 10-by-15-foot flag on a 50-foot pole just south of Richmond starting late next month. Organization founder Susan Hathaway has said the group doesn’t want to offend anyone, but that the flag is intended to honor the area’s Confederate heritage.

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