2015/05/21

Va Flaggers: Lexington Visitor's Center Flag Update

A replacement flag was raised yesterday, at the Lexington Memorial Battle Flag #3 - Visitor's Center site,  thanks to our "Guardians of the flags"!


Last weekend, sometime late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning, someone vandalized the flag site, cutting the rope and stealing the 5x8 flag that was originally installed. A police report has been filed and an investigation is underway. Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact the Lexington Police Dept, at 540-462-3705.

MEANWHILE, while waiting on a replacement flag to arrive, our volunteers in Lexington raised the cleat on the pole out of the easy reach of trouble makers, installed permanent lighting, and installed cameras which will now monitor the site.

Ironically, thanks to the thief (or thieves), the flag will now light up the night sky in the town of Lexington, and be visible 24/7!

Special thanks to our Guardians of the Flags on the ground in Lexington, who dedicate many hours to the maintenance, repair, and upkeep of our 3 (so far) flag sites, and to YOU, all of our supporters who make these memorials possible!

"For every flag removed, a thousand more will rise to take its place..."
RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!
BOYCOTT LEXINGTON!
Susan Hathaway

Va Flaggers

2015/05/13

Va Flaggers: Tampa Flag Replacement Campaign Update!

Last week we forwarded a request from Mike Herring in Tampa for assistance with raising funds to replace the massive flags they fly at the Confederate Memorial Park/Flag Site on Interstate 75.  I am pleased to report that, as always, the response of our supporters was swift and generous, and would like to thank all those who answered the call!  Here is an update from Mr. Herring...


From: 
Mshcsa@aol.com
Subject: Tampa Flags

To all,
 
Thanks to the overwhelming response from supporters all throughout the Southland we have reached our goal of 2600.00. I have received donations from Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and of course Florida.
 
Donations ranged from 10.00 to 500.00 so that I can order replacement flags for the Tampa site.The news gets better.
Ruffin Flag Rep Andy Fuqua saw my message on Susan Hathaway's Blog and contacted me last Friday with a offer under the previous cost which saves us 700.00 including free shipping.
My plans are to order the largest ANV Battle and 3rd National flags in the world.
 
Any donations which arrive this week will be kept in reserve for future flags and I am asking those who are contemplating a donation to send this week or wait till the next year weather pending. Sun, wind and rain are the determining factor with the life of any flag. Remember the flags fly at a height of 139 feet but  are gorgeous in the Florida sunshine.
 
All this activity results in honouring the Confederate soldier and everyone who contributed can be satisfied with the Southern banners we flay 365 days annually.
 
Feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions and once again a hearty thank you for making this project a great success. View the attachment for those who have never seen Confederate Memorial Park.
 
Forward the Colours
 
Mike Herring
Brandon, Florida
Past Commander
General Jubal A. Early Camp 556

Raising the World's Largest Third National Flag.  Tampa, FL, April, 2013
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

2015/05/06

Va Flaggers: VMFA/Commonwealth of Va Responsible for Loss of Confederate Memorial Chapel





There are a few misguided individuals, obviously ignorant of the details of the situation at the Confederate Memorial Chapel, who have chosen to try and place the blame for the recent non-renewal of the lease squarely on the shoulders of the Va Flaggers, claiming that our push back efforts are somehow to blame for the non-renewal of the lease. The facts prove otherwise, and are easily available in information revealed in any one of the MANY FOIA requests we have filed over the past (almost) 4 years.

In 2010, a full year and a half before the Virginia Flaggers organized, the Board of Directors of the VMFA voted NOT to renew the Chapel lease with the Lee-Jackson Camp#1, SCV. The Judge Advocate from the camp contacted the Governor of Virginia and advised him of the 1892 contract between the Camp and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Governor then advised the VMFA that they had to renew the lease, but the VMFA then added the flag removal as a condition of the lease renewal. The negotiations went on for months, until the order came down to sign the lease or shut the Chapel doors. Faced with no choice, the lease was signed.

FACT: The VMFA had already decided NOT to renew the lease in 2010, before the Va Flaggers ever stepped foot on the sidewalk in Richmond. As we reported in our release early Friday, this move by the VMFA in 2015 comes as no surprise to anyone who has actually been involved in this fight, although apparently some who lack any kind of first hand knowledge, decided to use the development to attempt to launch ignorant and foolish accusations to besmirch us and stall our efforts.
The folks who are responsible for this reprehensible action are the same ones who were responsible in 2010...the VMFA and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  

Anybody who thinks this would have turned out differently if the Va Flaggers had never come into existence is a complete dupe. There is a war against our heritage. Until we have a concerted, cooperative pushback on a massive scale, it will keep happening, until it's all gone.

Grayson Jennings
Virginia Flaggers

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

Va Flaggers: Support the I-75 Interstate Flag Memorial in Tampa

Many of you are aware of the beautiful flag site on Interstate 75 in Tampa, and like me, have long appreciated and admired the great work done there.  After speaking at the Raising of the World's Largest Third National Flag in the spring of 2013, and witnessing the awe-inspiring sight of that beautiful flag waving above the interstate,  I was inspired to come back to Virginia and begin a campaign to raise a flag here.  2 years and 6 Flag sites later... we owe a debt a gratitude to the folks in Tampa for their inspiration, assistance, and steadfast support of our efforts.



We received the following email from Michael Herring, asking for assistance in funding the purchase of two new flags for the site.  Last week, at our monthly planning meeting, we took up a collection from our Flaggers to help with the fundraising goal.  We hope all of our supporters will consider lending their support, as you are able, and help to get these flags ordered and up in flying in Tampa, as soon as possible.
To all,
 
It is time to order replacement flags for the site in Tampa. Confederate Memorial Park will enjoy the 6th anniversary this month and we need 2 new Southern banners to keep the populace aware that Florida and the South stood up to Federal tyranny and lost many of it' sons 1861-1865.
 
I plan to order a 30 foot by 30 foot Army of Northern Virginia Battle flag and a 30 foot by 50 foot 3rd National. Cost for the 2 flags is currently 2600.00 and this is the first call for action since January of last year. With an onslaught of anti-confederate sentiment occurring almost daily these sites on private property stand as a beacon for liberty and honouring the soldiers who gave the last full measure.
 
Please consider a generous donation by individuals, camps and chapters in the coming days. Any dollars collected exceeding the amount shown above will be held in reserve for future purchases.
 
Mail your personal check or money order made out to me and thanks for your support.
 
 
Forward the Colours
 
Mike Herring
Mshcsa@aol.com
1434 Misty Valley Drive
Brandon, Florida  CSA   33510

Thank you in advance for considering this worthwhile request.
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers


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

2015/05/01

Va Flaggers: Heritage Assault Continues in Virginia: SCV Evicted from Confederate Memorial Chapel





In a move that comes as no surprise to anyone who has followed the situation here, the VMFA (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) and Commonwealth of Virginia have taken the next step in the Confederate cleansing of Confederate Memorial Park, by evicting the Lee-Jackson Camp #1, SCV from the Confederate Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the Old Soldiers home, refusing to renew a decades-old lease that had allowed them to interpret the history of the Chapel and the Confederate Veterans who lived and died on the grounds of the Old Soldiers' home, seemingly, in direct violation of the Code of Virginia: https://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+57-5 

http://www.richmond.com/news/local/article_310a6c50-9c0c-53a0-9a57-961eeb889c50.html
Moving forward, the VMFA and the Commonwealth will provide the "interpretation", thank you very much!:

"The museum also will develop uniform and professional interpretation of its grounds and historic properties, including the chapel and the Robinson House, which are the only two surviving buildings from the property’s original service to Confederate veterans."
We strongly believe that Carpetbaggers and Scalawags have no business "interpreting" OUR history.
 
In the early 1930's, the Lee-Jackson Camp deeded the land for the VMFA, with the stipulation that the parcel generously donated was to never be expanded, and that the remainder of the grounds would be forever preserved as a Confederate Memorial Park.  Since then, the VMFA and the Commonwealth have continually violated both the spirit and the law of the agreement, to the point where the VMFA has completely taken over the grounds, and paved over most of Confederate Memorial Park.
In 1950, the Attorney General of Virginia wrote an opinion, advising the Governor that neither the VMFA nor the Commonwealth could "legally convey or grant to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts any title, easement or irrevocable privilege to use in any way property now a part of the R. E. Lee Camp Confederate Memorial Park" (See attached)

In 2010, the VMFA and the Commonwealth  forced the removal of Confederate flags from the portico of the Chapel, and placed a US flag on the Chapel grounds, both of which are in direct violation of Virginia law.   https://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+15.2-1812
The ridiculous claim by museum officials (repeated in this article) that the flag removal was some sort of noble attempt at "historically accuracy" has been thoroughly debunked.  Please see:    http://vaflaggers.blogspot.com/2013/09/vmfa-talking-points-debunked-myth-1.html 

The Virginia Flaggers began protesting the flag removal in the fall of 2011.  Since then, we have maintained a constant vigil,  forwarding the colors outside of the VMFA  twice a week, every week.  Now that the VMFA and the Commonwealth have kicked the SCV off of the grounds, our presence will be more important than ever, as we will be the ONLY voice for the Confederate Veterans. 



If anything, this latest attack has renewed our commitment and determination.  We will continue our efforts, with new energy and fresh resolve, and hope it will serve as a wake up call for others to join us!
Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers
"I hold concession or compromise to be fatal. If we concede an inch, concession would follow concession–compromise would follow compromise, until our ranks would be so broken that effectual resistance would be impossible."  John C. Calhoun

2015/04/21

Va Flaggers: THIRD (SURPRISE!) Memorial Battle Flag Raised in Lexington, Va Today

This afternoon, we were able to get back up to Lexington, and complete the installation of the THIRD (SURPRISE!) Memorial Battle Flag installed since Lee-Jackson Day earlier this year.  :)




While this flag is not quite the size and stature of the previous flags installed, it is likely to have just as much, if not more impact, due to its PRIME location.
We are thrilled to announce that a pole was installed today, and flag raised on private property INSIDE the city of Lexington, IN THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, located within the block between the Visitor Center of Lexington, and City of Lexington City Hall! 






We would like to once again, thank all of you who so generously supported us, and made it possible to have not just TWO flags in Lexington, BUT THREE (so far) !  

LEST WE FORGET!
Susan Hathaway

2015/04/20

Va Flaggers: White House of the Confederacy Portico Draped in Black to Mourn Lincoln/Backlash Continues

The institution formerly known as the Museum of the Confederacy posted photos on its FaceBook page last week of the White House of the Confederacy shrouded in black crepe, with the following explanation...
"One hundred and fifty years ago, Union officials wrapped black fabric around the White House of the Confederacy's front columns after the death of President Lincoln.
Today, Museum curators recreated that mourning decoration. Please come by and see it before it comes down at the end of the month."

  
Photos from the American Civil War Museum's Facebook Page. 

The post can be found here...   https://www.facebook.com/AmericanCivilWarMuseum/posts/367665516769412

Although certainly not surprised, we are disgusted by this disgraceful display. 

It was a slap in the face to Richmond residents when the occupying army did this in 1865... and it is a slap in the face to the ladies who created the museum,  the memory of the soldiers they worked so hard to honor, and all who have Confederate ancestors for the museum to even consider fashioning such an insulting display in 2015. 
Meanwhile, the backlash continues. 

We received the following letter last week, and were granted permission to share it.  


April 13, 2015

Dear Mr. Rawls,

I am in receipt of your March 27, 2015 missive requesting that I renew my lapsed membership at the American Civil War Museum, (formerly the Museum of the Confederacy).

I cannot in good conscience continue to support an entity which should fly a Confederate National Flag from all its locations.  I cannot in good conscience support an entity which capriciously changed its name, thereby walking away from its heritage under the sad specter of political correctness.  You should thank your lucky stars that the Southrons who originally donated their war-related, cherished family artifacts, are no longer alive to witness the mockery you have made of their ancestors noble legacy.  Given your new found perspectives concerning the war, you should at the very least, have the decency to resign from the SCV.

My family and I will continue to support the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum in New Orleans, and the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History in Danville, Virginia.  Lastly, given your particular aversion to flying Confederate flags, I have decided to make a $100.00 donation in your name, (cost of sustaining a membership at your museum), to Susan Hathaway’s Virginia Flaggers.

Sincerely,
Lou F.
General I. R. Trimble Camp #1836 (member)
Sons of Confederate Veterans


Thank you, Sir!  We appreciate your sharing this excellent letter with us and are grateful for your generous support.  We pledge to be good stewards and use your gift faithfully in our continuing efforts to RETURN the flags and RESTORE the honor!
Sincerely,
Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers

2015/04/07

Va Flaggers Update: Charlottesville Braces for a Confederate Flag/Smoke & Mirrors Continues at W&L

"News" report on proposed Memorial Battle Flag in Charlottesville:  

http://www.c-ville.com/red-flag-group-plans-hoist-confederate-flag/#.VR0_1uHYo4O

"City Councilor Kristin Szakos, who has suggested it might be time to get rid of statues of Lee and Jackson in downtown parks, said she finds it “petty” that the Flaggers want to put up a flagpole here “because they’re not from Charlottesville. Why they care, I don’t know.” 

Because WE (the Va Flaggers) are not "from Charlottesville"????...says the woman who is FROM....Long Island, NEW YORK.

Meanwhile, back in Lexington, we wanted to share this photo of the new I-81 flag majestic in splendor in our Shenandoah Valley with the Blue Ridge as a backdrop! 



and this video of the flag on the day of the raising, with photography from Judy Smith Photography and Tredegar DroneWorks.  Absolutely breathtaking...! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfToh0yB3mU&feature=youtu.be
and a few photos from the ceremony, with special thanks to the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Herman White, who came from North Carolina to join us and speak to those gathered. 

 

​When we arrived, skies were gray, temperatures were in the 30's and, snow actually began to fall just as we started the dedication.  However, just a few minutes after the flag was raised, the snow stopped, the clouds moved out, and bright sunshine filled the sky, allowing us the opportunity to take the wonderful photographs we have shared with you. 



Thanks to all who gathered to attend the ceremony, and to each of the hundreds of supporters who made it possible.

Never passing up an opportunity to forward the colors in Lexington, the Va Flaggers headed to Washington & Lee University after raising the I-81 Battle Flag.




Although the weather was cold and blustery, foot traffic was brisk, and we had many opportunities to talk with students, alumni, and parents.





​A perfect ending to a GLORIOUS and very Confederate day in Lexington.


More smoke and mirrors out of Washington & Lee University:  
In the article, 

"The flag display is in keeping with actions taken by W&L last year after a group of law students complained that such tributes to the Confederacy were offensive to minority students. At the time, university President Kenneth Ruscio said replica flags in the building were being removed because they were not presented in an educational matter.
But Ruscio’s announcement left room for displays of genuinely historic flags such as the one to be included in the “Lee in the Field” exhibit. For years, that flag was one of the originals that hung near the “Recumbent Lee” statue in the chapel.
Other battle flags, particularly those with historic connections to W&L and the Lexington area, are planned for future exhibits."
Once again, W&L would have the public, students, and alumni believe that the decision to forcibly remove the replica ANV Battle Flags from the LEE Chapel mausoleum was somehow related to the project to restore and display the original battle flags and that President Ruscio was involved in that project.  This is blatantly FALSE.

The restoration project was part of an agreement between the UDC, The Museum formerly known as the Museum of the Confederacy, and the University. We have been able to secure a copy of this agreement, and while it does call for the removal of the original battle flags for restoration, and for the flags to be properly displayed in glass cases in the museum in the basement of the Chapel, it in NO WAY dictates that the reproduction flags, provided by the SCV as a replacement for the originals, must be removed from the Chapel.


The referenced agreement was made in 1997, long before Mr. Ruscio became President of the University, and yet they expect us to believe that it just so happens that they decided to take the reproduction flags out of the Chapel in July of 2014, as part of a new agreement with the Museum formerly known as the Museum of the Confederacy, not to appease "The Committee". Do not be fooled by this nonsense.  The authentic flags were removed for restoration and proper display, as they should have been, and special replica flags were made to be displayed in their place.  

The replica flags were removed in July of 2014 for ONE REASON...to appease the demands of SIX agitators from the W&L Law School.

Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers



2015/04/02

Fwd: Va Flaggers: I-95 Chester Memorial Flag Site Work Day Scheduled

I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Site #1 (Chester) Work day  SATURDAY APRIL 11 - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Join us as we spend the morning clearing and hauling away debris, trimming trees and vegetation, and cleaning up the flag site. Please bring any equipment that may be helpful: Yard tools, rakes, tree trimming equipment, garbage bags, and  vehicles to haul away debris. 

We will work from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., and finish up at noon by pausing to replace the newly repaired and cleaned original Army of Northern Virginia flag at the site. 

Come celebrate Confederate History and Heritage Month in Virginia by helping to make much needed improvements at the site, so that it is a better representation of the men in whose honor it is displayed.

Directions:  From I-95, take the Rt. 10 West (Chester) Exit #61, take a left on 301 Jeff Davis Hwy,  take a left on Old Bermuda Hundred Rd.  Flag site on the right just before the I-95 overpass.

Susan Hathaway


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

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