Last week was a big one for us in many ways. We have already reported on the great turnout and successful fund raising at our picnic on Sunday, but it turns out that there are more far reaching effects than can be measured by head counts and calculator totals, and we wanted to share a couple of things with our friends and supporters.
On Saturday, the day before the picnic, we held our regularly scheduled flagging of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. On October 1st, we will mark FIVE years of (twice weekly) protests on the sidewalk on the Boulevard, and since we had friends and supporters coming in from out of town, we had a pretty good crowd, with over a dozen flaggers out forwarding the colors, lining the sidewalk in front of the VMFA.
There was a lot of traffic out that afternoon, and we had a very special visitor. Corporal Charles Bacon (AKA “Crosby”, a pet pig, joined the Flaggers and was an instant hit. Adults and children were drawn to us and our little four legged ambassador served to open the door to MANY more conversations than we typically experience.
One Flagger filed this report:
“Barry and I talked to a few people and I'm just amazed of just how uneducated some people...especially the college kids are. We talked to these two and the one said she was surprised how nice we were. She made the comment that we didn't seem to be the "norm" when it came to those who carried the flag. We let them know that we ARE the "norm "and that we're not hateful or racist people. We explained that the vast majority of us are just honoring our heritage and that we're tired of the attacks on our heritage, monuments etc…”
It was a FANTASTIC afternoon on the Boulevard with many, many good conversations, and opportunities to advance the flags of Dixie, and educate folks about our history, our veterans, and the flags under which they fought and died. It would be enough if that were the end of the story, but there’s more…it gets even better…
We found this post on Instagram:
Looks like a couple of guys saw our Flaggers on the sidewalk at the VMFA and decided to come to the picnic Sunday. On social media, they talk about wanting to take photos and do interviews, looking to expose the hate and “racism” within our group. Our greeter remembers them well and took extra time to welcome them and share literature and information since they appeared to be visiting.
In the end, they found NOTHING to report. Several hours with over 300 Confederate Heritage Supporters, and NOT ONE trace of anything objectionable to report. All they found was nice folks and some cool auction items. Oh yeah...and “less seething than expected”. :)
When asked what he expected to find, his friend reports “I expected a crowd just out for something to do on a Sunday afternoon. The allegations of extreme racism weren’t validated.”
They came searching for hate…and left with TRUTH. How cool is that?
Have I mentioned how proud I am to be a Va Flagger? #winning
Thanks to our wonderful supporters, guests, and Flagger family, our 5th Anniversary picnic and auction was our best ever!
We had the Mobile Flagger Response Unit set up for display and tours and it was a HUGE hit. She has been outfitted with a 55" screen TV and sound system. We debuted this Sunday at the picnic and the response was overwhelmingly positive. This is going to be a great tool for reaching folks with videos and other media that teach and recruit!
There was something for everyone, but the the theme of the day was FAMILY and our first ever "Little Rebels Boot Camp" was a GREAT success! Many thanks to the men of the Capt. William Latane Camp 1690 SCV for all of your hard work in making this happen. The kids loved it and I've had parents already asking if we are going to do it again next year
Everyone enjoyed the music by Virginia Dare, and our friends from the Virginia Scots Guard Pipes and Drums.
Thanks to a large, generous crowd, and the wonderful donations received from across the country, we surpassed our fund raising goal for the third straight year!
We were honored to meet many folks for the first time, have the chance to visit with old friends and family, and get the opportunity to share some of our history as well as our plans for the future.
Message received Monday:
I would like to sincerely thank the The Virginia Flaggers organization for such a great anniversary event. This is the first time attending one of your events, and my family and I felt very welcome, there was such a family atmosphere that we felt right at home even though we were meeting people for the first time. Clearly this is a group of individuals with class and honor, and I look forward to supporting your group and attending events in the future.
Thank you again. -DC Ward
The Virginia Flaggers with to thank everyone who contributed in ANY way to make this day possible. We could never pull something like this off without the generous support and hard work of so many dedicated people.
Kevin Levin Comes Unhinged as Va Flaggers Celebrate 5 Years of Success
Well folks, it appears that on the eve of the celebration of our fifth anniversary, we have, seriously, gone and done it this time. We have REALLY ticked off the anti-Confederate, leftist, pseudo-historian bloggers. I received several messages yesterday from supporters and friends letting me know that one of them, frustrated by the lack of audience on his own blog site, had submitted the contents of his most recent blog post to one of the liberal news outlets, who reprinted it word for slanderous word.
This is the same man who, a few years ago, falsely accused us of fabricating a story when Washington & Lee initially denied reports of a young man being asked to take off an SCV cap and turn an SCV t-shirt inside out before being allowed to visit LEE Chapel.
Once again, he uses the same old, tired “7 degrees of separation” theories to try and link us (and me, especially) to anyone and anything they think will FINALLY turn the public against us. It appears these neo-yankee bloggers seem to have been heavily influenced recently by a relatively new blogger who hides behind anonymity and tries to out-SPLC the SPLC with his fraudulent "links and ties" method of character assassination. Nothing new here, folks. Just another re-hash of the same old “gotcha” claims that have failed repeatedly over the past five years.
Why the obsession with the Va Flaggers and with me? Why the anger? What drives these men to spend so much of their time attacking decent, God-fearing people who have never done anything that should have the least relevance to them?
The answer is simple…
We. Are. WINNING.
Yes, winning. 14 months after Nikki Haley pulled her little politically motivated stunt in Columbia (how’s that working for ya, Nikki?) and the whole country seemed to lose its collective mind and jump on the “everything Confederate’s GOT TO GO” bandwagon, the fact is that there are now MORE Confederate flags flying than ever, MORE Confederate monuments standing, and MORE folks waking up every day and taking a stand against what has been exposed as nothing more than the left’s attempt to silence us by destroying our history and heritage. It is no coincidence that this slanderous article appears on the eve of the celebration of our FIFTH anniversary, and three years after the author’s infamous and embarrassing FAILED prediction:
"Prediction: There will be no Confederate flag on I-95 near Richmond" ... Kevin Levin Aug 18, 2013.
This, of course, turned out to be as completely inaccurate as did their NUMEROUS failed predictions over the past five years of the imminent and pending doom of the Va Flaggers.
In fact, we have experienced quite the contrary. Since the first flag was raised on I-95 a little over a month after his failed prediction, we have raised 25 MORE flags in the Commonwealth. We have several flag sites currently under construction, and if everything goes according to schedule, hope to have at least 30 roadside Memorial Flags flying in the Commonwealth before the end of the year.
Our numbers and support are growing daily, not shrinking. Our social media audience just surpassed 41K over the past 24 hours, and we get new requests to join our email list on a DAILY basis.
Requests for speaking engagements are coming in so fast that I can barely keep up with getting them scheduled. I have been blessed with the privilege of traveling across the country to share the inspirational story of the Va Flaggers, and the TRUTH about our Confederate ancestors. Along the way, I have had the honor meeting some of the finest folks in this country. For every hate filled tirade like his, we receive dozens of notes like this one, from a visit last week:
Hi Susan, I cannot express how much we all enjoyed your informative presentation. We always learn something at these meetings however your presentation was the best we have ever experienced. Your spirit and enthusiasm was absorbed by all of us. Remarkably, no one was sleeping thru your entire presentation! A first for our Camp! Take care and keep up the Amazing work that you and the Virginia Flaggers do! Sincerely, Joe W. Adjutant Turner Ashby Camp 1567
While these bloggers may find a photo of one of our folks, in a public venue, standing next to someone they find objectionable…or an inappropriate comment on a social media site, made by someone with whom we have some sort of connection… the fact of the matter is that they STILL, after 5 years have found NOTHING to prove ANY kind of claims of “hate” within our group…because it simply DOES NOT EXIST.
And the REAL issue here…what REALLY puts a bee in their bonnet... is that ordinary Americans are getting sick and tired of listening to these people continue to spread the lie that we, our ancestors, and even the flags they fought under are somehow “racist”, or that monuments erected to honor our veterans have ties to “white supremacy”, and using these lies as an excuse to attempt to completely annihilate our history and heritage. Citizens are finally starting to rise up and push back against the nonsense, and they are (naturally) rallying to the Battle Flag and its symbolism of freedom and resistance to tyranny…and to folks like us who have never put it down.
The tide is turning folks, and they cannot stand the fact that we will not sit down, shut up and “get over it”. I count it all gain when it comes to being the target of personal attacks from folks like this. We must be doing something right if we’ve got them spending so much time consumed with our every move. At the very least, it means less time spent influencing others with their social justice laced brand of “history”.
Your hit piece on Susan only encourages we Southerns. More flags will go up.
From my upcoming book on Captain Corker Captain Corker headed a group of the boys to visit the “Crater”**. This “spot presented special Interest to the survivors of the Third as they had helped to drive the enemy back from the “Mine” on the terrible day of the “Blow up,” and in the charge lost their intrepid ensign, Mayor Gregory (Petersburg, Va.) took the old battle flag of the Veterans and planted it amidst wild cheers upon the ramparts at the “Crater” and again it fluttered in the wind where more than eleven years before it had blazed defiantly in the face of the foe and was followed into “the jaws of death, into the mouth of hell” as cannon “bellowed and thundered.”
“The Augusta Chronicle, August 15, 1875”
The South was Right
John C. Hall, Jr.
Many thanks for sharing your letter with us, Mr. Hall, and to Carl Roden for his thoughtful response here:
Thank you both…and thank you all for your continued prayers and support. We are fully committed to continuing the work of advancing the flags of Dixie, defending the good name of the Confederate soldier, protecting our monuments and memorials, and raising more beautiful flags across the Commonwealth and beyond.
When it comes to these hateful personal attacks, just remember folks, they hate us... because they AIN'T us.
Guess who showed up on the Boulevard last week? When our Flaggers arrived at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) last Tuesday for an afternoon of flagging, they were quickly joined by this man. Our readers may recall that Richmond Police had reported that they were unable to locate Jonathan Romans to serve him warrants for assault and disorderly conduct, issued after several recent attacks on our Flaggers.
Our Flaggers immediately called the police and VMFA security came out to assist.
After detaining him for nearly an hour, the warrants were secured and served. Mr. Romans was not very happy and made quite a scene, yelling and attracting all kinds of attention.
He will soon have his day in court and we will follow up to make sure he is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. October will mark 5 years of our ongoing protests at the VMFA, after museum officials forced the removal of Confederate flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel, on the grounds of Robert E Lee Memorial Park, established in memory of the Veterans who lived and died at the Lee Camp #1 Old Soldiers Home.
We acknowledge and respect the rights of any citizen to do the same, but will not tolerate those whose behavior violates the law or who attack our Flaggers in any way. The recent arrests and convictions are sending a clear signal to social justice warriors in Richmond that their uncivil behavior will not be tolerated, and we hope that Mr. Romans soon gets the same message.
NEW FLAGS FOR DANVILLE!
At our last flag raising in Danville, Virginia, we asked for help from the attendees to collect the funds needed to pay for the 30' x 50' flag that was raised on Hwy 29 that day. We were absolutely thrilled when the Danville community ended up giving more than twice the needed amount, so that we not only covered the cost of the world's largest Confederate Battle Flag, but we were also able to order new flags for several of the other 13 Danville flag sites.
Last week, our friends at Sky High Poles were busy changing out flags, including this beautiful new Army of Tennessee Battle Flag now flying at the very first Danville Memorial Battle Flag Site, on 58 at the main bridge into town.
Maintaining these sites is a challenge, and we could not do it without the outpouring of community help and support that we have received, especially in Danville. MANY THANKS to all of our supporters who have contributed to help raise and maintain these flags, and to the men who serve as guardians of the flags...in Danville, and across the Commonwealth!
POWHATAN LIONS CLUB LABOR DAY PARADE
On Monday, The Va Flaggers and the Army of Northern Virginia Mechanized Cavalry were invited to join the Powhatan Troop Camp #1382 SCV for the 5th annual Powhatan Lions Club Labor Day parade.
We were expecting a small crowd and brought about 7 dozen stick flags. We were out of flags within the first 5 minutes. Support was overwhelming and we were greeted with applause and thanks the entire route, which was lined by thousands.
At the conclusion of the parade we visited the courthouse lawn and paid our respects at the Confederate monument there. The men of the Powhatan Troop shared with us that they own the monument, the land it sits on, and 40 feet around the entire monument. What a thrill to know that this memorial is safe from the hands of the PC history haters!
Special thanks to the men of the Powhatan Troop, Camp #1382, SCV for the invitation and warm welcome. What a great day in Dixie!
Sadly, we regret to report that Mr. George "Tex" Wells passed away last week after a courageous battle with cancer. The last time most of us saw Tex was at the "Save Lee Park" rally in Charlottesville in April. He was ill then and very weak...and should not have been standing out in the sun, but he INSISTED on coming and standing up for Robert E Lee, against what he felt was a huge injustice.
A Vietnam Veteran, Tex was well known for his portrayal of Gen Robert E Lee, and was a tireless advocate of the general and a fierce defender of our Cause.
The South has lost a true hero, and many of us have lost a dear friend.
Thank you, Tex. The general is safe. We won't let the miscreants get their hands on him or dishonor his sacred memory. Go rest high, Sir! *Photo courtesy Judy Smith Photography
Since the rally and City Council meeting in April, the Council announced and appointed a "Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces". This commission was appointed against the wishes of Vice-Mayor Bellamy and Councilman Szacos, who were visibly agitated at the idea of any delay in their plan to tear down the Robert E. Lee monument and rename LEE Park, but considering the severity of the backlash from citizens against the plan, City Council had no choice but to do "something" to satisfy the outcry of the public, and at the same time rein in and appease their rogue members, all at substantial taxpayer expense.
As one might imagine, the members that were selected by City Council to make up this commission, with one exception, have little or no knowledge of Confederate history and heritage, have a history of anti-Confederate bias, and several have made public comments supporting monument removal. Read the applications of those selected here to get an idea of how the deck has been stacked: http://www.vaflaggers.com/brca.pdf
VICE-CHAIR of the Commission, John Mason, as quoted in the Cavalier Daily:
John Mason, associate chair of the History department, said the symbolic nature of the statue and its message to the community are two of the major reasons it should be removed.
"The statue should be removed because it’s a symbol of racism, intolerance and white supremacy,” Mason said. “Robert E. Lee, as we know, commanded the Confederate armies in a war that the essential purpose of which was to preserve slavery and to preserve white supremacy."
Mason said the relationship between the statue — which has an unobstructed view on its four sides and sits in the middle of the park — and the viewer makes the viewer feel “small and insignificant.”
“That’s never going away,” Mason said. “So if we want a city that does not celebrate racism, does not celebrate the cause of the Confederacy, then we’re going to have to remove it."
During the BRC tour, Mr. Mason speculated that Paul Goodloe McIntire must have bought the statues with money his family made from slave labor. Commissioner Margaret O’Bryant quickly corrected him, noting that Mr. McIntire left Charlottesville with very little and earned his fortune in the North in Chicago and New York. Mr. Mason’s comment was subjective in nature and intended to create a narrative that fits his prejudiced agenda.
The following day, commission member Gordon Fields resigned.
CALL TO ACTION What can you do to help? 1) Attend the next Blue Ribbon Commission Public Meeting TONIGHT, Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 p.m. City Space, 110 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902 and make sure your voice, and that of our Confederate ancestors, is heard. 2) Share your thoughts with the commission here:RMSfeedback@charlottesville.org or call, 434-970-3101. The commission has been instructed to report EVERY communication to City Council. Be polite, but be firm that no monument should be removed and no context needs to be added to any existing memorials. 3) Take a moment to contact Charlottesville City Council, even if you have already done so. Send a message to ALL City Councilors. Please be advised that emails sent via this link, or firstname.lastname@example.org will also be sent to the City Manager, Assistant City Managers and Clerk of Council. Send a message to INDIVIDUALCity Councilors
Finally, we leave you with this update from Alexandria, Virginia. After months of public hearings where citizens overwhelmingly spoke AGAINST removing any of the city's Confederate history, the commission there has issued a recommendation that the Confederate monument NOT be removed. Although the content of the article leaves quite a bit to be desired as regards truth and fact, we LOVE this headline...
The South lost the war but keeps winning the battle over Confederate memorials
13 months after Nikki Haley used a completely unrelated tragedy for political gain by pressuring SC legislators into removing the Confederate flag off of the Memorial in Columbia, and inspiring and emboldening other heritage haters across the country to follow her lead, the tide has turned. Her career is finished and good people are finally standing up and pushing back, and putting an end to this nonsense.
The commission in Alexandria got part of this right...the statue WILL stay, but rest assured there will be no PC "context" added, and Jefferson Davis Highway will remain. If we continue to stand up and speak out, we will prevail...in Alexandria...and in Charlottesville... and across the South. Stay tuned for more details and calls to action for Alexandria.
In the meantime, we wish to remind these folks that the removal of and/or attempt to modify existing war memorials is a violation of Virginia State Law, and any attempt to do so will be met with costly civil litigation and criminal prosecution. In addition, we have scouted several locations in Charlottesville for Memorial Battle flag sites, and have one under construction as of this update.
We have only just begun to fight. To arms, Dixie!
Susan Hathaway Va Flaggers
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