The smiling faces of the Confederate flag bye-bye party

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The Confederate flag in front of the South Carolina State House was lowered today after 23 days of emotional debates over what many South Carolinians called a symbol of hate.

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The crowd at the ceremony to remove the flag was estimated at up to 10,000 people, and they were full of emotion.

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The crowd chanted "hey, hey, hey, goodbye" as an honor guard of South Carolina troopers lowered the flag during a six-minute ceremony, according to the AP.

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The diverse crowd celebrated even in 90º temperatures with 40% humidity.

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The crowd gathered in front of the State House also included supporters of the flag but those celebrating seemed to be to be too busy celebrating to mind them.

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And then there's this picture.

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