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Ku Klux Klan receives permit for rally at Gettysburg park

July 04, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The local chapter of the World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan will hold a rally at a national park for the second time in four months.

The organization applied for and received a special-use permit to conduct the three-hour afternoon protest Sept. 2 at Gettysburg National Military Park, according to park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon.

According to a statement from the park, staff will work to ensure that park resources and visitors are not adversely affected by the rally or any counterdemonstrations, which may be scheduled with additional permits. Law enforcement will assist park staff during the demonstration.

" ... It is important to note that 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," said Park Superintendent John A. Latschar in a written statement.

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The park is the site of the largest battle waged during the Civil War.

Lawhon said the group that filed for the Gettysburg permit was the same one that held a demonstration in June at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg.

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