2015/03/28

Va Flaggers: Memorial Confederate Battle Flag Raised on I-81 in Lexington

This morning in a small, private ceremony, the Va Flaggers raised a 20' x 30' battle flag on an 80' pole on private land on Interstate I-81/I-64 just north/east of Lexington, Virginia..

…To the Glory of God and in memory and honor of our gallant Confederate heroes. 

“The world shall yet decide
In truth’s clear far-off light
That the soldiers who wore the grey and died with Lee
Were in the right.”




She will fly proudly as a living, breathing memorial to our Confederate dead, and a beautiful tribute to our gallant ancestors. But, in the face of constant attacks by those who worship ignorance, historical revisionism, and political correctness, and at a time when the town of Lexington seems determined to completely ignore the sacrifice of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, she will also be a visible reminder to all who see her that there are still many of us with Confederate blood coursing through our veins, who refuse to allow the ignorance and prejudice of others to force us to relinquish our birthright.  


The Lexington I-81 Memorial Battle Flag is the fourth roadside memorial battle flag erected in Virginia by the Va Flaggers since September of 2013, and part of an ongoing project to promote Confederate history and heritage, and honor Confederate Veterans in the Commonwealth. This project, and numerous other heritage defense efforts, is made possible through the generosity of supporters from across America and beyond.

Long may she wave!

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers


​Gifts to the Va Flaggers Roadside Memorial Battle Flag Fund can be mailed to:

Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 54
Sandston VA 23150
Or through PayPal here:  

2015/03/27

Va Flaggers: Lexington I-81 Memorial Flag Update

They say a picture is worth a thousand words...


The Lexington I-81 POLE IS UP!!!! After numerous weather delays, AND with rain moving in again tomorrow, and thanks to the assistance of several local residents and heavy equipment, a new 80' flag  pole was SET today on I-81, just East of Lexington, Virgnia.
We will have a brief dedication/ceremony prior to raising a 20' x 30' battle flag THIS SATURDAYMarch 28th, at 10:00 a.m, rain or shine.  We would like to cordially invite all who have supported us in this endeavor,  and all who honor Confederate history and heritage, to join us for the occasion.  If you would like to attend, please email a request for address/directions toinfo@vaflaggers.com.  We are also looking for anyone who might be able to help with a Confederate honor and/or color guard for the event. 
Following the ceremony, we will spend the afternoon flagging Washington & Lee University, so make plans to spend the day in Lexington, and  join us on the sidewalk to protest the administration's decision to remove Memorial Confederate Battle Flags from the mausoleum at the LEE Chapel.  

A W&L alumnus forwarded us a copy of a very poignant letter, published in the W&L Alumni Magazine, and gave us permission to share it with our supporters:
Editor
Washington & Lee University
7 Courthouse Square
204 W. Washington St.
Lexington, VA 24450-2116

Dear editor,

Across the road leading to my house is the entrance to the Fort Valley, a 30 mile long, narrow, scenic drive through the majestic Massanutten Mountain in northernmost Virginia, between Front Royal and Luray. My ancestors were among the first settlers in this secluded, pastoral valley in the mid-1700’s.

There are six Cullers confederate soldiers buried in four separate family plots in close proximity about the center of the Fort Valley. Including my great grandfather and two great uncles. Great cousin Daniel Cullers enlisted when he turned 19 and was killed two weeks later at the 1st Battle of Manasses. My other great grandfather Stickley was shot in the throat at the Battle of Bull Run. Fortunately, he fell into the nearby creek and the rushing water cleaned out the wound. He spent the last year of the war in a Yankee prison camp, and returned home an emaciated skeleton.

We can trace several other related Confederate veterans on my grandmother’s married side as well as her maiden family. In addition, much of this area was burned out, looted and devastated – mostly by northern soldiers.

Those are the facts of history – and no matter how you attempt to twist around, distort, and tweak them – the historical facts remain immutable. And the fact of the matter is that the leadership of W&L University and the town of Lexington has succeeded in alienating a large number of the 70 million American descendants of those who fought for the Confederacy.

In view of your “politically correct” recent decisions, my regular contribution to the Annual Fund this year is going to the Virginia Flaggers. Although my contribution is but a drop in your bucket, it does add up over the past couple decades.

Congratulations on being named the 4th top college in the nation in Kiplinger’s Top 50 List. But please don’t grow too big for your britches – or forget your roots!

Sincerely yours,

Robert M. Cullers
Class of 55

To Mr.Cullers, and ALL those whose generosity made this I-81 Lexington memorial possible, we offer our most sincere thanks, and pledge that with God's grace and the blessing of continued support, there will be many, many more to come.

2015/03/24

Va Flaggers: ON TO RICHMOND! The Sesquicentennial in RVA

Centennial Plaza, Richmond, Virginia 1961

"The Civil War Centennial Center, in downtown Richmond, is your orientation point for visits to Virginia's wealth of Civil War Sites."

The city and Commonwealth were flooded with tourists and War Between the States enthusiasts, and their pocketbooks, as we commemorated the Centennial with educational programs, re-enactments, balls and battlefield tours.

Fast forward 50 years...and the focus has shifted almost entirely to commemorating slavery/emancipation... a statue of the tyrant Lincoln greets visitors to the American Civil War Center, the new home of what once was the Museum of the Confederacy...Sesquicentennial billboards around the city feature Richmond burning and Yankee spies/traitors...and the Confederate soldier has been all but forgotten in the Capital of the Confederacy's  PC "commemoration", which adopted for its official slogan the Yankee battle cry..."ON TO RICHMOND".

Any wonder why the Sesquicentennial has been a HUGE  "disappointment"? 
http://www.wsj.com/…/SB100014240527023038478045794813239916…

ON TO RICHMOND!
Susan Hathaway
Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

2015/03/22

Fwd: Va Flaggers Highway Memorial Battle Flags Update

LEXINGTON: 

I-81 FLAG:  In the week leading up to  Lee-Jackson Day in January, the ground at the I-81 site was too wet for the installation of the 80' ft. pole that was purchased.  The pole will sit high on a hill, and the ground must be completely dry to prevent the crane, needed to set the pole, from slipping.  Since that time, we experienced back to back to back winter storms that caused us to cancel two different scheduled installation dates.  There was still standing water at the site last week, but we are anticipating several days of sunshine and wind, and hope to install the pole next week.  If we are able to do so, we will have a flag raising/dedication at the site on Saturday, March 28th, at 10:00 a.m.  All are welcome/invited to attend.  Please stay tuned for updates later this week with confirmation of the pole installation and more details about the ceremony. 



Jackson Farm Flag:  We have instituted a plan to keep an eye on wind forecasts, and thanks to the help of a local volunteer, are able to lower the flag when high winds move through.  Our final task at this site is lighting, which is planned for sometime later this spring.


Photo:  Lexington Memorial Battle Flag #1: Jackson Farm Flag on Rt 60 just East of Lexington City Limits, Courtesy of Tredegar DroneWorks.
FREDERICKSBURG:
Last month, we switched out the 20x30 flag that had become tattered for a new one.  The lighting is in place and operational at this site, and she is quite the topic of conversation, throughout the Commonwealth.



Savage's Station:  We are pleased with the new, heavier quality ANV installed at the Savage's Station site, and have received many positive comments from site visitors and local  residents.




CHESTER:  
The 15x15 ANV flag was showing signs of wear, and was switched out temporarily with a 10 x 15 AOT.  The flag was skilfully and beautifully repaired by Mrs. Judy Pierce of the Sally Tompkins Chapter, OCR, and is currently being cleaned.  We plan to switch it back out later this week.

We have scheduled a work day for the Chester site for Saturday, April 11, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. where will be clearing debris, cutting brush and trees, and doing site work and general clean-up.  We welcome all assistance in this endeavor, including trucks, equipment, and skilled and unskilled labor.
CHARLOTTESVILLE:  
We ran an advertisement in the Daily Progress in Charlottesville last week, asking for land to install a flag, and received several responses.  We will be evaluating the properties and meeting further with landowners in the coming weeks to determine the feasibility of placing flags at the site(s).
We are also in the process of finalizing details for a flag site that will be a joint project with the Army of Northern Virginia/Mechanized Cavalry.  In the meantime, we continue to receive inquiries for flag installations in locations across the Commonwealth, and requests for assistance raising flags in other states, as well, which we are trying to prioritize and schedule. 

Our own Judy Smith has produced a 8 1/2 x 11 flier of the ad that can be used to post on community boards and/or distribute at heritage organizations in Virginia, to help locate land for additional flag sites.  We have attached a copy (PDF).  Please help us spread the word and assist with the expansion of the Highway Memorial Battle Flags projects.

Thank you all for your generous support, encouragement and continued prayers.
Sincerely,
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

Gifts to the Va Flaggers Battle Flag Projects can be mailed to:
Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 54
Sandston VA 23150

2015/03/21

Va Flaggers: An Invitation

A few weeks ago, Grayson received an intriguing invitation from the President of the National Alliance of Faith and Justice to join them for a dialogue with participants in their moving classroom, as it travels from DC to Alabama this week. She had followed the stories of the Fredericskburg I-95 Battle Flag with great interest since she lives in Stafford, and was hoping to facilitate a lesson on the front end of their journey that would embrace all sides of the discussion. She felt that connecting with someone from the Virginia Flaggers was important to that discussion, and set out to make contact with us. After some discussion and prayer, and based on our positive interaction with the group's president, we decided to accept the invitation and agreed to meet with them.

Wednesday night, we joined them for supper, and shared information about who we are, what we do, and presented historical information regarding our flags. What was scheduled as a 15 minute presentation turned into an over hour long question, answer, and discussion period, covering many topics and issues regarding the Confederate flag. Though often passionate, the discourse was at all times courteous and respectful, and we appreciated the opportunity to let our voice (and that of our Confederate ancestors) be heard.



When the meeting came to a close, discussion continued as individual members chatted with us, asked us to pose for photos, and repeatedly expressed their gratitude that we were willing to come to talk with them.




At a time when civil discourse has all but disappeared from the public landscape, it was refreshing to have the opportunity to exchange thoughts and information, on a topic that stirs such strong emotions, without the vitriol and hostility that usually accompanies such subject matter...and without compromising our beliefs or convictions.  

We expect to have the opportunity to continue the conversation in the near future.

http://vaflaggers.blogspot.com/2015/03/vaflaggers-invitation.html
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers



Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

2015/03/11

Va Flaggers: Professors Call For Ban of US Flag on College Campuses

Hmmm...banning a flag because someone claims it's "racist" and because it might "offend" somebody... sounds vaguely familiar... WHERE have we heard that before...?!?!?!

For all those who sit quietly by while they continue to attack, remove, and censor Confederate flags, on the SAME FALSE PRETENSES... the chickens have come home to roost...


http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/03/11/professors-us-flag-symbolizes-racism-should-not-be-displayed-on-campus/#

"A group of university professors has signed a letter showing their solidarity with students who tried to ban the American flag at the University of California, Irvine – because they said Old Glory contributes to racism."
Are YOU mad enough yet?
RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers




Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

2015/03/03

Fwd: Va Flaggers: Charlottesville City Council Strikes 127 Year Tradition in Latest Assault on Confederate History

Since the January announcement that Charlottesville City Councilman Kristen Szacos had proposed an ordinance change that would eliminate the Lee-Jackson City Holiday in Charlottesville, we have shared information about the rich Confederate history of the city.  One of my favorite topics is the presentation of a battle flag to the men of Stuart’s Horse Artillery, hand sewn by the ladies of Charlottesville by the Mayor and City Council of Charlottesville, after they managed to turn back the Yankee army, against 5 to 1 odds, and save the city from destruction during the Battle of Rio Hill on February 29, 1864. There is a good summary here…


When our friend Blaine Hypes, of the Flat Top Copperheads in WV, saw one of the posts about the flag, he contacted me and told me he had a replica and wanted us to have it to use in our fight in Charlottesville.  I was thrilled, but even more so when I received it and it turned out to be a custom-made beauty!  Last night, we took the flag with us, and before the meeting, visited the Confederate monument, just a few blocks away from council chambers.  A citizen passing by offered to take a photo of us holding the flag.


 When we arrived at council chambers, 45 minutes early, there was already a line to sign up for one of 12 available slots for public speaking.  We were disappointed when we made our way to the sign-up sheet, and realized that we were numbers 13, 14, and 15 in line, respectively, and none of us would have the opportunity to speak.  With a full half hour left before the meeting was to begin, we saw the Charlottesville citizen who had been shouted down at the last meeting when he spoke in favor of the Lee-Jackson holiday, and I took the flag over to show him and chat with him a bit.  I went back to my seat, admittedly frustrated that we wouldn’t have the opportunity to speak.  Moments later, someone tapped my shoulder, and when I looked up, it was the same gentleman, who had come to offer us his slot to speak.  He said that he speaks at every meeting, and he wanted us to have the opportunity to do so since we had come so far.  Overwhelmed by his generous offer, we accepted and quickly decided to combine the contents of the presentations we had prepared and that I would deliver the address.

I included the history of the flag, and Patrick and Barry held it up as I spoke.  Video of my remarks can be viewed here, with special thanks to Terry L. Hulsey of Fort Worth, TX, for granting me permission to use a quote from his correspondence to City Council... and David Tatum for posting the video… 


Transcript of remarks: 

Honorable Mayor, Councilors, Citizens of the Charlottesville and the Commonwealth,

Since I last spoke in these chambers, much has been made about the fact that I, and a few others who spoke against the proposed amendment to remove the Lee-Jackson holiday, are not Charlottesville residents, as if that somehow makes what we have to say irrelevant.  After witnessing the way speakers in this chamber were treated who dared to have an opinion different than those of the vocal citizens in attendance, I can completely understand why the hundreds of citizens of Charlottesville who have contacted us do not feel comfortable attending these meetings or speaking up in this atmosphere.  
 
Charlottesville has a rich Confederate history.  On March 7, 1864, the ladies of Charlottesville presented a hand sewn flag to the men of Stuart’s Horse Artillery after the unit, facing 5 to 1 odds, stopped the Yankee army from burning and destroying Charlottesville.  The battle flag was carried by the unit until it surrendered in April of 1865, and is now on display in the Jefferson County Museum in Charles Town, WV.  The flag shows the patina of age, along with the rents of battle, but it continues to serve as a reminder of what might have been the worst day in Charlottesville history, if not for the courage of its brave defenders.

Some friends in West Virginia had a replica made and we brought it today to the show the assembly.

I would like to again point out the real and present danger of the precedence you are setting, should you decide to eliminate this holiday tonight.  If you take it upon yourselves to strike down a holiday that was established by the duly elected representatives of this city, you are opening the door to having the same thing happen to Thomas Jefferson Day, for instance, should a future council decide he is not “worthy of honoring”.  I, and many of those present here, witnessed one of your own citizens call for the removal of every trace of Thomas Jefferson from the very city that he helped build, and receive APPLAUSE and CHEERS in this chamber, following his remarks.  Certainly, you MUST see that once you open this door, there will be no end to the PC cleansing of our history and heritage.

In the background of this proposed amendment, Charlottesville’s commitment to be a “Community of Mutual Respect” is cited, apparently as one of the reasons for this change, which reads:

“In all endeavors, the City of Charlottesville is committed to racial and cultural diversity, inclusion, racial reconciliation, economic justice, and equity. As a result, every citizen is respected. Interactions among city leaders, city employees and the public are respectful, unbiased, and without prejudice.”

How can you possibly claim cultural diversity when you choose to dishonor Confederate Veterans, whose descendants make up a large segment of your population?  How can you suggest that this amendment will promote racial reconciliation, when it serves to divide instead of bring people together?  How can you claim that this decision is unbiased, and without prejudice when it singles out an entire group of people and dishonors their heritage?

I understand that at least one member of this very Council has suggested that the Confederate Memorials here in Charlottesville, yes, even, the magnificent equestrian sculpture of Robert E. Lee, copied in many localities across the U.S., should be removed, and by your actions tonight, you will show the Commonwealth and the nation whether or not you are heading down that very dangerous path. 

But, even if you choose to move forward with this desecration, and should your backwater tyranny temporarily succeed, you will, ultimately, fail. History will remain unchanged, and the sterling character of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson will remain, long after your names are forgotten. 

I urge you to set aside the prejudice and bias which led to this proposed amendment, and leave the Lee-Jackson Holiday as is. 

When the public speaking period ended, Councilmen responded to the public comments and not one of them addressed the Lee-Jackson Day issue.  Not only that, but instead of calling for a vote and having each councilman publicly record their vote for or against the ordinance, they approved it unanimously as part of a “consent agenda”, bundled with a number of other resolutions and appropriations.  This was obviously intentional and a predetermined method of avoiding making any type of individual public statement... a cowardly move, and stunning even for those who were well versed on the background and history of this council.

Returning home after midnight, I received a message from someone suggesting that going to Charlottesville had been a waste of time.  I strongly disagree.  Even though there were a few moments Monday afternoon when, thinking of other things that demanded my attention, I considered bowing out, those of us who attended were overwhelmingly grateful that we had taken the time to do so.  We had the opportunity to once again go on public record against the Council, share a bit of Confederate history with a packed chamber (including a large number of local high school students in attendance), and made sure that Council knew there were at least a handful of citizens who will not go quietly into the night. On top of all that, we got to flag City Council!  ;)

That alone would have been enough to make the trip worthwhile, but as we were leaving we had conservations with no less than TWO local residents about putting Battle Flag Memorials on their property in Charlottesville.  It appears that City Council has alienated a large segment of its population, and we can only pray that the unwarranted assault on the Lee-Jackson holiday will serve as a wake-up in Charlottesville, and across the Commonwealth.  In addition, a local resident who is involved with public access television offered to have us develop a regular segment, highlighting Confederate history and heritage defense issues!

We left Charlottesville disgusted by the manner in which the Charlottesville City Council took it upon themselves to strike down a holiday which had been rightfully observed in the city since 1888… but with the satisfaction of knowing that taking a stand for what is right is ALWAYS the right thing to do, no matter what the odds. 

Many thanks to all those who took the time to write letters and emails and make phone calls to members of City Council.  Your support is greatly appreciated and was not in vain.  They may have won this battle, but we have no intention of giving up the fight.  Stay tuned...

Sincerely,
Susan Hathaway

Va Flaggers


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2015/02/27

Va Flaggers: Ancient Relics and Statues Destroyed in Mosul...Sound Familiar?

This is heartbreaking, and difficult to watch...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2970270/Islamic-State-fighters-destroy-antiquities-Iraq-video.html

"Islamic State thugs have destroyed a collection of priceless statues and sculptures in Iraq dating back thousands of years. 
Extremists used sledgehammers and power drills to smash ancient artwork as they rampaged through a museum in the northern city of Mosul.
Video footage shows a group of bearded men in the Nineveh Museum using tools to wreck 3,000-year-old statues after pushing them over."

How utterly disgraceful and disrespectful to destroy the culture, heritage, and history of a people because of hate and ignorance.

Sound familiar? How frightening is it that there are people in the United States who would like to see the same thing happen to our Confederate memorials, monuments, and artifacts? It's already happening here, and will continue, if we don't start standing up and defending our heritage!

"The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here."  Matthew 12:41
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers


P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

2015/02/24

VA Flaggers: RESCUING GENERAL STUART

RESCUING GENERAL STUART

General James Ewell Brown Stuart is once again in danger! Though he is no longer prey to the mortality of the flesh, his monument in Richmond is in serious danger of being rendered hors d'combat due to the passage of time and frailty of every man-made substance no matter how "permanent".

THE STUART-MOSBY HISTORICAL SOCIETY is sponsoring a fund-raising effort to keep General JEB in the saddle for many years to come. For a cost of $35,000, craftsmen will return the General to full health and continued existence. It is hoped to have the funds raised by June so that the work can be done during the summer. All monies collected above and beyond the cost of restoration will be placed in a trust fund for future maintenance.

To help in this most worthy cause, please make out your check to: The Stuart Mosby Historical Society and mark for the "Monument Restoration Fund." Please send your tax-deductible donation to:

The Stuart-Mosby Historical Society
5405 Midship Court
Burke, VA 22015


Photo: JEB Stuart Monument, Monument Ave, Virginia, February 8, 2015, Virginia Flaggers

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers




Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

2015/02/15

Complaint About SCV Sign in NC Leads To Battle Flag Installation

Some of you may recall the news story a few weeks ago, about the SCV Roadside sign that was removed in North Carolina once it was found to be in the DOT Right of Way...
http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2015/01/nc-scv-group-agrees-to-remove-sign-3097884.html

All I have to say is, to whoever raised a stink about it... THANK YOU...not only has the sign been re-installed...there is now a Battle Flag flying, too!




From Billy Starnes, Major Charles Q. Petty Camp #872:  "The sign is now out of the DOT right of way. Although a little farther off the road, we decided to add a 52' x 52" Battle Flag so it is now more eye catching than ever."
HUZZAH!  God bless the men of the Old North State!  
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers 




Va Flaggers: VMFA Update...Thank you Alex Nyerges!

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond controls the historic Confederate Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the Old Soldiers Home.

The property dates from the 1883 sale of a house and 36 acres to R.E. Lee Camp No. 1, Confederate Veterans, for a Confederate soldiers’ camp, or home.  Donors to the home included Union veterans from Lynn, Mass., who gave the chapel organ. The chapel, which features stained-glass windows and hand-hewn pews, was dedicated to Confederate war dead in 1887.

The "Robinson House" and the chapel are all that remain of the camp, which operated from 1885 to 1941. After the last veterans died the property was deeded to the commonwealth.  By Executive Order 35 in 1991, the VMFA acts as the governor’s agent in leasing the chapel to the SCV.

At its March 31, 2010, meeting the VMFA Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee unanimously passed two motions concerning the Confederate Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the Old Soldiers' Home in Richmond: First, the museum would not renew the existing lease as written. Second, the museum “is opposed to flying the Confederate Battle Flag or any of its derivatives on the Museum property.”

The new lease called for the removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the portico of the Chapel. The flags were removed inJune 1, 2010. In the fall of 2011, concerned citizens began protesting the desecration of the Chapel and the dishonoring of Confederate Veterans, by gathering on the sidewalk in front of the VMFA, carrying Confederate flags.

Coming together to stand against the VMFA, the Virginia Flaggers were born...





As we rang in 2015, the Virginia Flaggers began our 168th week of flagging the VMFA.  Although frigid temperatures arrived in the Capital of the Confederacy, we maintained our vigil, with over 2 dozen Flaggers who joined us over the month, logging over 190 hours on the sidewalk in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts...


1-1-15 New Year's Day Flagging! Beautiful day and great conversations on the Boulevard. Lots of residents and tourists out and about and a fabulous day for Flagging the VMFA!



1/3/2015- Chilly temps, light traffic. Flaggers standing tall!


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1-8-2015 FRIGID temps, 29 degrees. Foot traffic very light, but Confederate flags present and visible for auto traffic and museum officials and visitors. GOD BLESS THE FLAGGERS!



1-10-2015 The cavalry arrived (Army of Northern Va, Mechanized, that is)!  Chilly but sunny on the Boulevard in Richmond and the flags of our ancestors flew proudly. 1/2 dozen Flaggers are forwarded the colors to protest the forced removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel and changing hearts and minds in the Capital of the Confederacy.


1-13-2015 Overcast and 38 degrees in the Capital of the Confederacy. A half dozen Flaggers made their way to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) to protest the forced removal of Confederate Flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel, including a guest Flagger all the way from ALABAMA! Mid-South Flagger Shannon F flew in for a FLAGcation, spent a few days visiting Confederate sites around Richmond, and spent the afternoon standing with us, for his Confederate ancestors, and against museum officials who have dishonored their memory and desecrated the Confederate Memorial Chapel.  God bless the boys from Alabama! "Audemus jura nostra defendere!"




1-17-2015 While many of us were in Lexington for the Lee-Jackson weekend, these devoted Flaggers MADE SURE there was a presence at the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and forwarded the colors on a sunny, but chilly afternoon... Standing for Confederate Veterans, and changing hearts and minds!



1-21-2015 Cold, cloudy, and mixed precipitation in the Capital of the Confederacy, yet Flaggers gathered on the Boulevard and forwarded the colors to protest the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). 



1-24-2015 Light rain and 41 chilly degrees meant little foot traffic, but steadfast Flaggers made their stand at the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.




01-29-2015 Thursday evening flagging. 44 degrees and overcast. Almost a DOZEN Flaggers and clear weather meant plenty of Flaggers to cover the line AND an opportunity to change hearts and minds in the Capital of the Confederacy. — at VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.



1-31-2015 Sunny, but chilly day on the Boulevard. Convos were few, but flags were plentiful. Thank you, Flaggers!



Ready to stand with us?  Join us...  we will be Flagging WEDNESDAY 2-6, and SATURDAY 1-5 THIS WEEK.

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!​

Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers


2015/02/03

Va Flaggers: Charlottesville Lee-Jackson Public Hearing Report

Before attending last night’s City Council meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a public hearing was to be held regarding Council Member Kristen Szakos’ proposal to remove the Lee-Jackson City holiday from the city calendar, we called to make sure that public comments were welcome, and to ascertain what the requirements were to speak.  We were told that all citizens of the Commonwealth were welcome, given the guidelines and told to arrive at 6:30 to sign up to speak.

Just over a dozen of us, from several different parts of the state, arrived early, signed up to speak and took our seats.  What we witnessed in council chambers, almost as soon as the meeting opened was, in all honesty, shocking, and if I had not been there, would have had a hard time believing took place.  Mayor Huja opened by asking for attendees to respect all speakers and not interrupt them.  He may as well have been talking to the brick walls.  The first 12 speakers were allowed to speak on any topic.  The majority who spoke were Charlottesville residents, and a circus like atmosphere quickly ensued, with members of the audience constantly shouting and talking over speakers, council members, and the Mayor, who occasionally attempted to restore order, to no avail.  The speakers themselves accused council members and the city of everything from criminal activity to overt racism and oppression at every level of government and public service.  To give you an idea of the speakers' subject matter, we offer, word for word, a resolution that was presented for consideration by a city resident during his remarks:

"WHEREAS the City of Charlottesville was founded by Thomas Jefferson, a scoundrel of the most unsavory variety, indeed, a slave rapist, and INSOMUCH AS the evils of racism, began during his time, continue unabated to afflict the City of Charlottesville to this day,  BE IT SO RESOLVED that from this day henceforth, no longer shall the City of Charlottesville celebrate racist Confederate war criminals, but shall instead honor the memories of Nat Turner and John Brown, in hopes that one day, we shall be rid of the foul legacy of Thomas Jefferson."

Watch his remarks here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpvM8HKsL3w 

As one can imagine, when it came time for the public hearing on the Lee-Jackson question, the crowd was already worked into a frenzy, and it intensified when the first speaker, an elderly Charlottesville resident, rose to speak against removing the holiday.  He was heckled and interrupted over and over.  Although many who watched the proceedings on live video stream told us afterward that they could hear commotion but not make out exactly what was going on, each speaker who spoke in favor of the Lee-Jackson holiday was subject to this ill-mannered and rude behavior, in varying degrees.

By the time I was called to speak, I will admit that my nerves were on edge.  I had never witnessed such a spectacle in a public meeting and honestly many of us began to fear for our safety.  I’m glad I had my remarks prepared and with as steady of a voice and every bit of composure I could muster, I read them as loudly as I could, hoping to drown out and determined to completely ignore the shouting and commotion in the chamber.  My talking points consisted of pointing out the honor and character of Lee & Jackson, the precedent set by a proclamation signed by the Governor, the fact that this proposal was causing division and strife that would not exist otherwise, and making the point that both men were American Veterans who sacrificed all for God and Country and should not be dishonored.  This apparently was enough to make a woman in the row in front of me, who had been one of the more vocal throughout the meeting, determine that she had enough evidence to label me a "racist" and hurl an insult my way as I took my seat.  

More shocking to me than the behavior of the citizens was the lack of any kind of control by the Mayor or council members. One young woman was removed from the chamber, after she repeatedly hurled insults at Ms. Karen when she was speaking. Other than that, and a few requests for quiet that were ignored, the behavior, even profanity from speakers, was permitted and therefore sanctioned, as far as we were concerned.  Most of us were incredulously waiting for someone on City Council to have the guts to speak up and speak out against the behavior, and publicly apologize to the others in attendance. It never happened.

Those in attendance to oppose the measure included members of the Va Flaggers, Edmund Ruffin FireEaters Camp #3000 SCV, Robert E. Lee Camp #1589 SCV, Stafford Light Artillery SCV, 19th Va Infantry Camp #1493 SCV, Army of Northern VA/ Mechanized Cavalry, and the Sally Tompkins Chapter #2 Order of the Confederate Rose.  I am more proud than I can express of the way our folks conducted themselves, refusing to join in the disruptive behavior, despite the chaotic and abusive atmosphere.

 
​Photo:  RYAN M. KELLY/THE DAILY PROGRESS

After the public remarks section of the hearing closed, we thought it best to leave, after the blatant bigotry, animosity, and disrespect we experienced in the meeting.  In the hall, we were greeted by ONE council member who made it a point to seek us out, shake our hand, thank us for coming, and apologize for what we had been subject to.  I replied that I sincerely appreciated him doing so, as he was the FIRST person in the entire chamber to offer us any kind of welcome or civility.  At that point, a (black) security guard standing beside me reached out his hand, shook mine, smiled, and said, “Well, let me be the second.” 

There were a few times during the meeting, when it became painfully obvious that council members had already decided this matter before we stepped inside the chamber, and I questioned if we had done the right thing by attending.  Those thoughts were quickly dispelled when I considered that by being there and standing for Lee & Jackson, at the very least…our opposition and the truths we submitted, were made part of the public record…and we, by our conduct and deportment, showed the stark and very clear contrast that exists between those of us who wish to honor our Confederate ancestors, and those who look for every opportunity to attack those with whom they disagree, taking great pleasure in causing division and strife where none exists.

What we witnessed last night was a good exhibit of the danger of democracy devolving into mob rule.  John Randolph of Roanoke said “anarchy is the chrysalis-state of despotism.”  I see no greater example than the striking of a holiday to honor two men who faithfully and honorably served God and Country, in a futile attempt to appease and propitiate a handful of vocal agitators.

Respectfully,
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers


2015/01/29

Va Flaggers Lee-Jackson Weekend Report Part III - VMI

After making our way to VMI, we assembled on the parade grounds, at Jackson’s statue.  Almost immediately, Cadets came out to speak with us, and to pose for photos with Generals Jackson and Lee.  As three young men were standing with us, a man came out of the archway, very agitated and screaming the Cadets’ names.  He approached and demanded they get away from “those people” and “that thing”.  We can only assume that by “those people” he meant the re-enactors portraying Lee and Jackson, and the men and women gathered to honor them on the holiday, and by “that thing” he meant the Confederate Battle Flag. 

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For the remainder of the half hour or so we visited the grounds, a Cadet was posted at the arch to prevent any cadets from communicating with us. 

One of our Flaggers placed two battle flags at Little Sorrell’s marker.  A VMI employee came out and told him that he would need to remove them when he left. 

  
 
After paying our respects and singing a rousing version of Dixie for the Cadets who had gathered at open windows, we began to make our way back to downtown Lexington, to continue flagging.  At this point, I noticed that one of our young Flaggers was still at Jackson’s statue.  I was informed that he had told others that he was very angry about the treatment of the cadets earlier and the fact that he could not leave the stick flags at Little Sorrell’s marker, so he had decided to post the colors at that spot for the rest of the day.  I walked over to speak with him, and knew by the set of his jaw as I approached that he was determined to make his stand. 

It just so happens that this young man is the GGG nephew of VMI Cadet/Confederate Veteran Moses Ezekiel.  My only concern at this point was to try and make sure he got a bite to eat, so when Va Flagger Bo Traywick (VMI Class of ’69) volunteered to stand in his place while he went to get some lunch, he agreed to leave his post long enough to do so.  


When he returned, he brought his 6x9 battle flag and remained at his post, in front of Jackson’s stature for the remainder of the day.  He reported to us that by this time the Cadet guard was relieved of his post, and that once again, Cadets began to approach him, ask why he was there, and show their support, and pose for photos.  This continued throughout the afternoon. 

  
Near dusk, an older man who said he was a VMI employee came out and told him that he would have to leave, since formation was scheduled to occur soon and that he would “offend” black cadets.  After a brief, somewhat heated discussion, where the young man explained to the man who he was, why he was there, and described the numerous black Cadets that had just spoken with him and posed for photos, the young man removed the stick flags and left the campus.

As he left, he was stopped by a black man visiting campus, who made it a point to shake his hand and let him know that he understood completely about the flag he was carrying and the honor due Lee and Jackson and was sick and tired of people speaking "for him" in that regard.  After that encounter, and as he was leaving campus, he was approached by a gentleman who said he had overheard the "discussion" with the VMI employee before he left the grounds and had gone to the Stonewall Jackson House and purchased a gift for him, presented him with the gift, and let him know how much he appreciated the stand he had taken that day.  


I have heard that our detractors commented on the “graying” of our ranks, when photos of the huge crowds gathered in Lexington began to surface.  That observation may be a fair one, but when I consider the stand that one 15 year old boy took, acting without prompting and with a pure heart, it occurred to me that once again, it was the youngest among us who led the way, and set the example for us all. 

For those back in town, Flaggers reported another successful afternoon of Flagging, with overwhelmingly positive responses and MANY instances of folks stopping to shake our hands and thank us for being there.  

  


In the afternoon, these young men joined us at the corner of Nelson and Main Street. At first, we thought they were part of a pledge for a college fraternity, but after talking with them, they told us they were high school kids just looking to join in the fun we were having. They said they had no opinion one way or the other regarding the Confederate flag and were just out there for satire. The signs were GREAT! We gave them some tips on improving sign visibility and proper flagging techniques. We even tried to teach them “God Save the Queen”. They said they looked it up online before they came, but couldn’t quite get the tune. I guess they don’t teach “My Country Tis of Thee” in school any more. ;)


They were great kids… polite, respectful, and clever…and we enjoyed having them there.

As the sun set in Lexington, the last Flaggers standing were exhausted, but left with hearts filled with emotion from the two days spent honoring Lee & Jackson, protesting those who refuse to do so, and changing hearts and minds in Lexington.  


Please take a moment to watch this truly breathtaking video, courtesy of our friends at Tredegar DroneWorks, with some incredibly moving photos and video taken in Lexington, including a glimpse of the new Jackson Farm Memorial Battle Flag on Highway 60 in Lexington:

Great coverage in the local media here: 

and here:

and finally, a message received from a VMI Cadet, sent Saturday afternoon:

“Great showing by the Flaggers at the Institute today! It does my heart good, lookin' out of barracks and hearing Dixie. Keep up the good fight!”

As always, thank you all for your continued prayers and support!

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers


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