I'll the answer last part first. I am from West Virginia.
As to my thoughts about the Confederate flag, it reminds me of the service of my ancestors, Virginians and non-slaveholders, who fought as hard as for their beliefs as any other Americans have ever fought for anything.
And, it reminds me that there are at least two sides to every story, and this episode in American history was a polygon, at least.
I regret that so many folk cannot put the flag in its historical perspective, but I'll try to understand their p.o.v. if they won't condemn mine.
Remember, one other thing. Slavery existed and flourished for many more years under the good ole "Stars and Stripes" than it ever did under the Confederate flag.