2014/04/11

Va Flaggers: Confederate Memorial Day Service-Oakwood Cemetery, May 10, 2014


"We are wont to make of history a chronicle of obvious effect and not of vital cause. We write of battles fought and not battles forced. We tell the story of our great sires’ deeds and leave untold the reasons for their acts. We measure in the common scales success by what we see achieved and not by what right though unachieved. We think a cause lost with a field and see no victor but a Grant at every Appomattox.
From such a narrow view as this, these bones cry out. The men interred about us here had died in vain if death had been defeat. They live because defeat meant victory!
What were those ideals consecrated at First Manassas, exalted at Chancellorsville, sealed and accepted at Appomattox? These ancient oaks whisper them; these gray coats attest them; these women who for fifty years have kept this sacred day bear witness to them; these children’s faces unwittingly reflect them:
That government is the choice of the governed, a sacred right that only tyranny can overrule;
That it is for the governed to change their government when its powers are misused;
That those who give may take again and shape to better use the creature of their hands;
That in defense of freedom, self may not be reckoned or sacrifice be counted;
That duty to righteous principle is duty to God!

Dr. Douglas Southall Freeman,
50th Oakwood Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony
May 10, 1916


SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014:   Revival of the Annual Confederate Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery
10:30 a.m. - Procession through the cemetery
11:00 a.m. - Memorial Service at the Confederate Monument

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Wayne Jones of North Augusta, SC will be our guest speaker. Wayne is best known for his extensive research and study on the Life and Times of Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart. An active SCV member, he currently serves as 5th Brigade Commander in the SC Division, and is a candidate for ANV Commander.

http://www.thegeneralandhislady.com/Home_Page.html

PLEASE share this email with others, and visit the FaceBook event page

https://www.facebook.com/events/851702414846864/?ref=br_tf

Join us as we revive what was a grand tradition in Richmond and honor the thousands of Confederate dead who rest at Oakwood. We are looking for folks in period attire to participate in the procession through the cemetery. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Contact us at info@vaflaggers.com if you have any questions or would like to present a wreath on behalf of your organization.


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


UPCOMING EVENTS:
Saturday, April 12th:  Noon - 4:00 p.m, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, April 12th:  Susan and Karen will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th:  Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA.  Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, April 15th:  Susan will be speaking at the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Eatonton, Georgia.  Location:  Bledsoe-Greene House, located at 105 West Sumter St., Eatonton, Georgia.  Dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th:  66th Annual Shad Planking, Wakefield, VA.  The Va Flaggers will once again have a booth at the Shad Planking.  2:00 p.m. – 6:30, Rain or Shine.  More information: www.shadplanking.com

Thursday, April 17th:  3:00 p.m. - Dusk, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

April 19, 2014, 2014:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM

Saturday, May 10thConfederate Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery. Keynote Speaker Wayne Jones.   Procession through cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.  All are invited to join the procession and/or attend the Memorial Service.  Details to follow.  

Sunday, May 11th: 3:00 p.m., Yellow Tavern, J.E.B. Stuart Memorial Service, Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705 UDC.
 
Thursday, May 22nd:  Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Sunday, May 25th 2:00 p.m.  Susan will be speaking at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrenton Cemetery, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Black Horse Chapter No. 9, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780
Saturday, June 28th:  The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.  Guest Speakers:  Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway – More information here:  www.plpow.com
Sunday, July 6th:  1:30 p.m., Headstone and Iron Cross Dedication Ceremony for Patrick Noah Newton, Nelson Baptist Church, 1837 Nelson Church Rd, Nelson, Virginia https://www.facebook.com/events/1411845402398834/

2014/04/10

Va Flaggers Update: "Rap Protestor" on the Boulevard


Over the past several weeks, one young man has shown up on Saturdays at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  He rides up on a tricycle, parks it near our folks, and then proceeds to blast profanity-laced rap music very loudly,  for women, children, Museum Visitors, tourists and residents to hear

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He even managed to get a little attention on a few ultra liberal media sites when he put out the call for others to join him in his "Anti- Confederate Rap Battle" to protest the Va Flaggers. 

http://rvanews.com/etc/virginia-flagger-counter-protest/110681



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The first afternoon of his announced "rally", our Flaggers were at a Memorial Service for the father of one of our Flaggers, but we sent someone out to see how many folks had shown up to support his "cause". 

Result:  Rain 1...Anti-Confederate Rappers 0


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In conversations with this young man, who calls himself "Goad", he claims that the reason he is protesting is because "y'all let White Supremacists in your group".  When asked where he got that kind of (utterly false) information, he is quick to quote a certain Anti-Confederate Blogger and Arizona professor as his source. 

Apparently, the old saying that if you tell a lie long enough, you eventually can find one nut to believe it, is true. 
It appears that this blogger's failure at having stopped the I-95 Battle Flag (and boy, did he try!), and our refusal to pack up and quit in the face of repeated lies, slander, and personal attacks has really put him into a tailspin, and he is grasping at straws so flimsy that he has to resort to this kind of tactic. 
The vile music that this young man is blasting on the sidewalk is profanity laced, with repeated use of the "F" word, and many, many other disgusting lyrics. It offensive to the ladies of our group, and painful for our men to have to endure...and yet we will.  We will stand and we will outlast this misguided young man, just as we will outlast the Anti-Confederate Bloggers and their few followers....because we have good and right on our side... and they have ignorance and hate.
We have the memory and honor of Confederate Soldiers to defend... and the blood of these brave men coursing through our veins.

They have ignorance and hate. 
In the meantime, GREAT week for the Flaggers on the Boulevard...report coming soon!  :)

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

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

2014/04/06

VA Flaggers: ANV Flag Raised Again at Chester I-95 Flag Site

The Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia flag was raised once again this morning at the Chester I-95 Flag Site!

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Confederate History and Heritage Month is alive and well in Virginia, despite the lack of official recognition from our Carpetbagger Governor. Our Confederate Veterans are honored and remembered this month... and EVERY DAY in Virginia...for as long as we have breath!

Many thanks to each and every one of you helped make this project a reality.  We TRULY appreciate your support!

LEST WE FORGET!
Susan Hathaway

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, April 12th:  Susan and Karen will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th:  Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA.  Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, April 15th:  Susan will be speaking at the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Eatonton, Georgia.  Location:  Bledsoe-Greene House, located at 105 West Sumter St., Eatonton, Georgia.  Dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th:  66th Annual Shad Planking, Wakefield, VA.  The Va Flaggers will once again have a booth at the Shad Planking.  2:00 p.m. – 6:30, Rain or Shine.  More information: www.shadplanking.com

April 19, 2014, 2014:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM

Saturday, May 10thConfederate Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery. Keynote Speaker Wayne Jones.   Procession through cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.  All are invited to join the procession and/or attend the Memorial Service.  Details to follow.  

Sunday, May 11th: 3:00 p.m., Yellow Tavern, J.E.B. Stuart Memorial Service, Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705 UDC.
 
Thursday, May 22nd:  Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Sunday, May 25th 2:00 p.m.  Susan will be speaking at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrenton Cemetery, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Black Horse Chapter No. 9, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780
Saturday, June 28th:  The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.  Guest Speakers:  Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway – More information here:  www.plpow.com
Sunday, July 6th:  1:30 p.m., Headstone and Iron Cross Dedication Ceremony for Patrick Noah Newton, Nelson Baptist Church, 1837 Nelson Church Rd, Nelson, Virginia https://www.facebook.com/events/1411845402398834/


2014/04/04

Va Flaggers VMFA Update 4-3-2014


March went out like a LION, as we wrapped up a month of new and stepped up tactics in our ongoing battle against the VMFA and their forced removal of Confederate flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.

The highlight was a 6 hour flagging on Thursday, March 20th, that coincided with a Board of Trustees meeting at the VMFA a total of over 30 FLAGGERS gave of their time that day to make sure that every board member got a personal reminder of our presence.



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With Flaggers surrounding the entire city block, we had a visible presence from every vantage point in the museum.


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The weather was beautiful, and there were many opportunities to speak with residents and museum visitors, as well. During the afternoon, several bus loads of school children were loaded and unloaded, and traffic was heavy throughout the day. 

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We finished out the month with regular weekly flaggings, and are thrilled at the new faces and new supporters that join us each week, and the new pressure that is being applied with every passing day that we remain steadfast in our vigil. 

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Each and every flagging offers us new and almost always rewarding opportunities to educate citizens and change hearts and minds. The young VCU student on the left was very skeptical when he approached us, but after hearing why were out there, admitted that he agreed that our Cause was just!  The young lady on the right has a blog and wants to return and interview us in more depth.  What a GREAT day in Dixie!  :)

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After a MOST successful, multi-faceted assault in March, our efforts will continue without pause in April.  While we will turn our attention toward the proper recognition of Confederate History and Heritage Month in RVA, we will continue or vigil on the Boulevard, with our next flagging scheduled for this SATURDAY, April 5th, Noon - 4:00 p.m.

JOIN US, and kick off Confederate History and Heritage month by standing for our Confederate Veterans, and speaking for those who no longer have a voice.
RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!
Grayson Jennings

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, April 5th3:00 p.m. - Dusk, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N.Boulevard

Saturday, April 12th:  Susan and Karen will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th:  Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA.  Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, April 15th:  Susan will be speaking at the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Eatonton, Georgia.  Location:  Bledsoe-Greene House, located at 105 West Sumter St., Eatonton, Georgia.  Dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th:  66th Annual Shad Planking, Wakefield, VA.  The Va Flaggers will once again have a booth at the Shad Planking.  2:00 p.m. – 6:30, Rain or Shine.  More information: www.shadplanking.com

April 19, 2014, 2014:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM

Saturday, May 10thConfederate Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery. Keynote Speaker Wayne Jones.   Procession through cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.  All are invited to join the procession and/or attend the Memorial Service.  Details to follow.  

Sunday, May 11th: 3:00 p.m., Yellow Tavern, J.E.B. Stuart Memorial Service, Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705 UDC.
 
Thursday, May 22nd:  Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Sunday, May 25th 2:00 p.m.  Susan will be speaking at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrenton Cemetery, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Black Horse Chapter No. 9, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780
Saturday, June 28th:  The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.  Guest Speakers:  Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway – More information here:  www.plpow.com
Sunday, July 6th:  1:30 p.m., Headstone and Iron Cross Dedication Ceremony for Patrick Noah Newton, Nelson Baptist Church, 1837 Nelson Church Rd, Nelson, Virginia https://www.facebook.com/events/1411845402398834/

2014/03/31

Va flaggers Update: 3-31-2014, S.C.V. Camp Visits & Rumors


I enjoy and appreciate very much the opportunity to travel across the South, meeting with SCV Camps, UDC Chapters, and other Southern heritage organizations, and sharing information about the Va Flaggers and Heritage Defense.  I have had the honor and pleasure of meeting GREAT folks who are doing good work, and learn something new every where I travel.  :)
Last week, I visited with the Stonewall Camp #380 in Chesapeake.  I enjoyed a delicious meal and warm reception from the men of the Camp and "Ladies Night" meant that quite a few wives and friends were in attendance, as well. Stonewall Camp Commander John Sharrett was the very first donor to the I-95 Battle Flag projects, and I was thrilled to get the chance to thank him personally for his support. 
The highlight of my night was a chat with Compatriot Goodrich, 91, who is a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge.  He told me he was in the Army, 7th Div, and supplied ammo for Patton's tanks. Mr. Goodrich remembers one of his Confederate Grandfathers, who died when he was 5.  He is quite a character, and it was a real pleasure to visit and speak with him and truly an honor to offer my thanks for his service. 
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Another opportunity these visits afford is to talk one on one with supporters, and from time to time they are kind enough to share with many any misinformation they may have heard.  On this occasion, one gentleman shared with me several rumors that he had heard and allowed me the opportunity to quickly dispel them.  We have all played the "Rumor Game" and now how easy it is for information to get twisted, with or without malicious intent.  Encouraged by his desire to seek me out to set the record set straight, I have decided to put a few of these out in our next couple of updates, along with the factual corrections.
This Compatriot had heard several rumors about the situation with the flag at Oakwood Cemetery...
Rumor #1:  "Va Flagger Tripp Lewis stormed into the office at Oakwood, shouted, cursed, and demanded a flag be flown in the Confederate section, damaging the Va Division SCV's relationship with the City of Richmond."
This rumor is categorically false.  Lucky for us (I suppose?) and coincidentally, the entire visit was taped by a VCU student filming a documentary and can be viewed here...
 
http://vimeo.com/58484387

Please take a moment to view the footage and you will quickly learn that the accusations are wholly untrue.  There is no shouting, not swearing, and while he is firm in his request, no inappropriate or harsh words.  In fact, the staff VOLUNTEERS to return the flags that had been taken down.   If you read the original update (below) about the flag situation at Oakwood, you will also find information on a follow-up to this visit with the office staff, with even more information to dispel these rumors.
Rumor #2:  "The Virginia Flaggers demanded a Confederate Battle Flag be flown at Oakwood"
Again, this is false.  As you can see in our original email below, the first flag we raised was a Third National.  When asked our opinion, we did suggest that either a Third National or a Battle Flag would be appropriate to mark the soldiers' graves, but only voiced objection when NO Confederate flag at all was flying.  Currently, there is a Second National flying over a (rotating) State flag at Oakwood, and we have not issued any sort of complaint about this display.
As a reference, I have posted below our original update/report on the flag situation.  To the Compatriot in Virginia Beach, thank you so much for taking the time to address these matters with me, and for your generous support received since that night.  We appreciate it more than you know and hope that others will take the time to investigate the facts and/or contact us for clarification before jumping to any conclusions.
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

Original update/report from April of last year...


At Oakwood Cemetery in Richmond, 17,000+ Confederate dead rest in the Confederate section of the City owned cemetery.  Thanks to an agreement between the Va Div Sons of Confederate Veterans and the City of Richmond, it is now the best kept and well tended section in the cemetery.  Past C-I-C McMichael, and Past Virginia Division Commander John Sawyer all signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the City of RichmondThis agreement does not transfer the deed or title to Oakwood Cemetery - Confederate Section to the SCV, but it gives the Virginia Division the sole authority to place upright markers for each Confederate Veteran buried there and improvements or markers of any kind. The Virginia Division also has the exclusive responsibility of maintaining the 10 acres of grounds in the Confederate section of Oakwood Cemetery. The Oakwood Committee and Va Div SCV is part of an ongoing effort to properly mark the graves there, which includes pending legal action.  Details can be found here...  http://www.scvva.org/Oakwood/

I live just a few miles from the cemetery and pass it each day on way to and from work.  I often stop to freshen stick flags, or photograph grave markers at the request of descendants.  In October of last year, we started asking around for help in getting a flag raised on the empty flag pole which was in the Confederate section.  We felt strongly that the men buried there deserved the honor of a flag flying over their final resting place.  On my first attempt, I found the rope and snap hook broken, so recruited one of the Flaggers to help make repairs.

On November 12th, Veterans' Day, we brought the necessary items to repair and rig the broken rope and raised a Third National over the graves.  At this point, we had no idea how long the flag would remain, but were thrilled at the thought that at least for Veterans' Day, the soldiers were honored and left with great satisfaction. 




Over the next few days, we would drive through the cemetery every few days, and were pleasantly surprised that the flag was untouched, and grateful for every day it flew in honor and memory of the Confederate dead buried there.

When we got word from a friend who lives nearby that the flag was missing a week later, we immediately went back out and raised another one its place, this time a Battle Flag, as it was what I had available and since it was the flag the soldiers would most recognize.  At this point, we did not know who had taken down the flag, but we were determined to continue to replace it, as often as necessary.

Over the next few weeks, the flag was removed several more times and each time, we replaced it with another, at one point raising  a flag with this message written so that whoever was removing the flag would understand our intentions...  "One  hundred more will rise to take its place..."





When that flag came down, TriPp visited the cemetery office to speak with the personnel there about the flag thefts.  The employees were very cordial and admitted that they had been removing the flags because they had instructions to do so.  When TriPp asked to see the instructions in writing, he was referred to a public relations official in the cityA half dozen calls to the official were never returned.  The video of that visit is part of the documentary at the end of this report.  Please take a minute to view it.

After that meeting, TriPp put his son, Jack on his shoulders and they raised the tie off of the rope so that a ladder would be needed to remove the flag. From that time, the flag flew, UNTOUCHED until a February 3rd visit found that the rope had broken away at the top of the pole and needed to be fixed.  On February 13th, a volunteer with a bucket truck came out and we were able to fix the rope and once again tie off the rope to prevent theft.




 A week later, we were THRILLED to receive the news that the Oakwood Committe had replaced the old flag pole with a brand new one, with an internal lanyard system, LOCKED to prevent anyone else from removing the flag.  The Va Flaggers offered our sincere thanks and appreciation to Lee Hart and the committee for this beautiful upgrade!  Now a Confederate flag will fly 24/7 to honor our Confederate dead, without fear of theft or vandalism!  It is a beautiful sight to behold!

FOLLOW UP NOTE:  Last week, TriPp went by the Cemetery Office to offer thanks on behalf of the Va Flaggers and show our appreciation for their cooperationThe female employee with whom TriPp communicates with in the video was once again very cordial, and relayed the following story:  She told TriPp that recently she had locked up and was about to leave when she decided to take a drive around the cemetery before she left.  On her way back out, she noticed a man at the office door.  Even though it was past closing time, she made the decision to stop and check on him.  The man told her he was looking for a Confederate ancestor.  She went inside and they were able to locate the plot and she volunteered to drive him over to the Confederate section.  She said when the man found the grave he was very moved and grateful and thanked her profusely.  He then mentioned the flag and told her how much it meant to him that the cemetery honored his ancestor by flagging that flag.  She told TriPp that for the first time, she really understood what he had been trying to convey and appreciated for the first time what the flag meant to us. 

We don't know what the future holds, but as of April 22nd, 2013, and due to Va Flagger persistence and refusal to give up,  a flag has flown over the graves of 17,000+ soldiers for over 5 months, and, we believe, hearts and minds have been changed in the journey.

View the Oakwood Video Here: 
http://vimeo.com/58484387




Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

2014/03/25

Va Flaggers Update 3-24-2014


Although carrying our flags in protest is one of the most visible outward displays of our efforts, we also carry our flags in honor and memory of the Confederate soldier and in support of Memorials, Living Histories, Re-Enactments, and many other events.  It is part of our desire to bring the Confederate flag out of hiding and back into the public  .By doing so, we also have many opportunities to help educate the public as we are greeted with questions and engage in discussions with curious attendees.
We have had several such opportunities over the last week. 
Last Saturday, the Edmund Rufin FireEaters Camp #3000 held a Grave Marker Dedication Service for Compatriot and Va Flagger Jim Tingle's ancestor at Hollywood Cemetery.  The Va Flaggers were honored to attend this service, where the Edmund Ruffins FireEater Color Guard presented the colors.  Compatriots and Va Flagger supporters Jeffrey and Tommy-Lee Newton, from Kenbridge, stood guard over the grave site.


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FireEater Commander Darryl Starnes gave a moving tribute to Crprl Tingle, which included an historical account of his service to the CSA, and prayers of dedication.  He presented Mr. Tingle with a beautiful CBF in honor and memory of his ancestor.  The FireEater artillery crew fired a salute at the conclusion and Corporal William Tingle, Company D, 4th Va Volunteers' new tombstone was consecrated. 


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Immediately following the dedication, and prior to heading to the VMFA for flagging, the Va Flaggers drove across town to Shockoe Cemetery, to attend the dedication of new Grave Markers, erected by the Sally L Tompkins Chapter #2, Va Order of The Confederate Rose.  14 of the young girls who died in the Confederate Munitions explosion on Brown's Island are buried here, until now in unmarked graves.  The ladies of the OCR started a campaign and raised the necessary funds in less than a year to mark each grave.
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The dedication service was well attended and the Edmund Ruffin FireEaters provided the Color Guard and Artillery Salute.  Congratulations to the Sally L Tompkins Chapter for a job well done and a beautiful service.  The Va Flaggers were honored to have supported the efforts of these hard working ladies and glad to be in attendance to honor the memory of these young girls of the Confederacy.

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Yesterday, several Va Flaggers forwarded the colors at the Ft. Clifton 150th Anniversary Heritage Day.  They enjoyed the events and displays, and spoke with participants and visitors.  Barry was invited to join McClanahan's Battery for a few volleys, and had a great time with Hugh Hall and his men. 

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The Flaggers reported that the highlight of the event was attending the evening performance of "Soldiers in Gray" by Stan Clardy. 


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The Va Flaggers are tired of the soldier's flag being vilified and not ashamed to carry it in memory and honor of the Confederate soldier, whether it be to protest it's forced removal, as in the case of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts...or a memorial service on the Battle Fields at Sharpsburg... or any event in which the Confederate Soldier deserves recognition. 

We are encouraged and inspired by the increasing number of people we see doing the same...and by campaigns such as the Georgia Division SCV's "Flags Across Georgia", whereby the Division is sponsoring new Interstate and roadside Battle Flag Memorials, assisting Brigades and Camps with their flag projects, and encouraging ALL of its membership to fly the Soldiers' flag or '56 Georgia on their own property, as memorials to our Confederate dead, a sign of solidarity, and a show of resistance to the continued and increasing attacks against our Heritage. 

Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tuesday, March 25th:  Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the Stonewall Camp #380, SCV.  Lillian's Seafood Restaurant, 1312 Geo. Washington Hwy N., Chesapeake, Virginia, 6:30 p.m.  www.stonewallcamp380.com

Thursday, March 27th3:00 P.M. - Dusk, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, March 29th9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Work day at the I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Chester Site!  Join us  as we spend the day clearing and hauling away debris, trimming trees and vegetation, and cleaning up the flag site. We are asking for all able bodies to join us, and bring any equipment that may be helpful: Yard tools and tree trimming equipment, garbage bags, and vehicles to haul away debris.  At the close of the day, we will switch the flag back out to the original custom ANV, now that the worst of the winter weather has passed and security is improved.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1547103728848309/

Saturday, March 29th3:00 p.m. - Dusk, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N.Boulevard

Saturday, April 12th:  Susan and Karen will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th:  Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA.  Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, April 15th:  Susan will be speaking at the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Eatonton, Georgia.  Location:  Bledsoe-Greene House, located at 105 West Sumter St., Eatonton, Georgia.  Dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th:  66th Annual Shad Planking, Wakefield, VA.  The Va Flaggers will once again have a booth at the Shad Planking.  2:00 p.m. – 6:30, Rain or Shine.  More information: www.shadplanking.com

April 19, 2014, 2014:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM

Saturday, May 10thConfederate Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery.  Procession through cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.  All are invited to join the procession and/or attend the Memorial Service.  Details to follow.  

Sunday, May 11th: 3:00 p.m., Yellow Tavern, J.E.B. Stuart Memorial Service, Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705 UDC.
 
Thursday, May 22nd:  Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Sunday, May 25th 2:00 p.m.  Susan will be speaking at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrenton Cemetery, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Black Horse Chapter No. 9, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780
Saturday, June 28th:  The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.  Guest Speakers:  Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway – More information here:  www.plpow.com
Sunday, July 6th:  1:30 p.m., Headstone and Iron Cross Dedication Ceremony for Patrick Noah Newton, Nelson Baptist Church, 1837 Nelson Church Rd, Nelson, Virginia https://www.facebook.com/events/1411845402398834/

2014/03/20

Va Flaggers CALL TO ACTION--ACT TODAY!!! 3-20-2014




The Va Flaggers had over 20 Flaggers out this past Saturday, wrapping the Boulevard with flags and Flaggers, including Flaggers who traveled from Luray, Kenbridge, and Urbanna!  With a gorgeous day in Richmond, and many St. Patrick's Day events being held near the Boulevard, traffic was brisk and our Flaggers kept busy with conversations and many educational opportunities. 

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Photographer Judy Smith caught this shot from inside the VMFA, giving us a glimpse of what museum officials see from the builiding...

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This week, professionally bound packets of information and a copy of a letter to Alex Nyerges,  director of the Museum, restating our request and re-affirming our commitment to continue our efforts, were mailed to museum officials, members of the board of Directors, and local and State officials.

TOMORROW, Thursday, March 20th, the Board of Directors meets at the museum at 12:30.  We are planning to have a presence on the grounds for the meeting, and are asking all who are able to join us to do so, and help us show museum Leadership that there are still MANY folks who care enough about the honor and valor of our Confederate Ancestors to stand in their defense.

We would also like to FLOOD THE PHONE LINES during the meeting, so we are asking you to PLEASE take a moment to support the troops on the ground and help with this offensive.  CALL VMFA Administration anytime from NOON UNTIL 5:00 P.M. at (804) 340-1506 and tell them to do the right and honorable thing and return the Confederate Battle Flags to the Confederate Memorial Chapel on the grounds of Confederate Memorial Park. Even if you have called before, please take the time to make another call today.  Call early...and often!  Be polite, but firm in your request. 
PLEASE pass this request on to any and all Confederates and friends who may be willing to join us in this most important endeavor!
RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!


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Tommy Clinger
Va Flaggers


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Va Flaggers--"Empire of the Owls" Book Available--Support the Flaggers

With the second I-95 Battle Flag project near completion, Bo Traywick has once again donated a case of books to the Va Flaggers.  If you didn't get one the last time around, or would like to purchase additional books for gifts, please take this opportunity to support the Va Flaggers' I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Projects!


Va Flagger/Author H. V. "Bo" Traywick, Jr. has generously donated a case of his book "Empire of the Owls - reflections on the North's war against Southern secession" to the Va Flaggers. We will be offering the books for $20 each and ALL proceeds will go toward the I-95 Battle Flag Projects. Please consider purchasing this excellent book and supporting the Va Flaggers.


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"This book will change your mind about everything you thought you knew about the War between the States. A reasoned, scholarly work, it is also a readable, gripping account of the war told by those who lived it. The dignified behavior of the Southerners defending their families comes through time and again. Noble sentiments of honor, duty and care of the defenseless are not lost in the desperation of war but elevated.
The book will make you cry. It will make you proud. It will also make you mad about a senseless war that killed 612,000 young men and caused horrible suffering that lasted for generations. But it is an important addition to the Civil War dialogue now, during the Sesquicentennial, because it allows the long-suppressed voices of the South (Virginia, in particular) to speak for themselves and challenge the version of history written by the victors."  - Amazon Review

http://www.empireoftheowls.com/

To purchase, send $20 to:
Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

Please note "Empire of the Owls" and include return address for shipping.

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

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2014/03/15

Va Flaggers Call to Action 3-15-2014




VA FLAGGERS CALL TO ACTION!

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 15th is a BIG day in the Capital of the Confederacy...

10:00 a.m. - Start the day off with a tombstone dedication ceremony at Hollywood Cemetery. Dedication of marker for Corp. Willia
m Tingle, Co. D, 4th Va Volunteers, CSA. Died June 11, 1864. Corp. Tingle's Great-Grandson, Jim Tingle is a Virginia Flagger and a member of the Edmund Ruffin Fire Eaters S.C.V. Camp 3000, who will be conducting the ceremony. Open to the public.



Noon - 6:00 p.m. - FLAGGING THE VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Join the Va Flaggers for Day 15 of OPERATION BLACK FLAG. Tomorrow promises to be a beautiful day, and we need to line the sidewalk with Flaggers and flags! Come when you can, and stay as long as you can. JOIN US and be a part of those who are taking a stand against the VMFA and their dishonoring of AMERICAN Veterans and desecration of the Confederate Memorial Chapel. If you can't be there, we ask you to please take a moment to support the troops on the ground! This week, we are asking you to contact STEPHEN BONADIES, Collections and Facilities Management at the VMFA. Contact Mr. Bonadies by email: stephen.bonadies@vmfa.museum, or by phone at 804.340.1524. Tell him it is time to end the nonsense and return the Confederate Battle Flags to the Confederate Memorial Chapel, and restore the honor to the Confederate Veterans who lived and died on the grounds of the Old Soldier's Home.



1:00 p.m. - Shockoe Cemetery - Tombstone Dedication Ceremony. The Order of the Confederate Rose Captain Sally l. Tompkins #2 tombstone dedication ceremony for fourteen of the young ladies who were laid to rest in Shockoe Cemetery in unmarked graves. The Sally l. Tompkins chapter has worked hard to raise enough money for these young ladies to each have their own personal grave marker! These young ladies were just a few who worked for the Confederate States munitions factory on Brown's Island, who lost their lives on March 13, 1863.



Tired of seeing our Heritage attacked and our Veterans treated as subjects of derision? Then DO something about it. Stand and be counted at any or all of these events tomorrow, show the City of Richmond that there are still those who refuse to allow our heroes to be forgotten, and support those making a difference in RVA.


TriPp Lewis, Va Flaggers
Va Flaggers Upcoming Events:

Saturday, March 15thNoon - 6:00 p.m., Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard
Saturday, March 15th:  10:00 a.m., Tombstone Dedication for Corp. William Tingle, Hollywood Cemetery, FireEaters Camp #3000, SCV Officiating.  https://www.facebook.com/events/797224356957765/
Saturday, March 15th 1:00 p.m. Tombstone Dedication Ceremony for Browns Island Explosion Victims, Shockoe Cemetery, Sally I Tompkins Chapter #2, Va OCR. https://www.facebook.com/events/1390177837915969/
Tuesday, March 25th:  Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the Stonewall Camp #380, SCV.  Lillian's Seafood Restaurant, 1312 Geo. Washington Hwy N., Chesapeake, Virginia, 6:30 p.m.  www.stonewallcamp380.com
Saturday, March 29th9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Work day at the I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Chester Site!  Join us  as we spend the day clearing and hauling away debris, trimming trees and vegetation, and cleaning up the flag site. We are asking for all able bodies to join us, and bring any equipment that may be helpful: Yard tools and tree trimming equipment, garbage bags, and vehicles to haul away debris.  At the close of the day, we will switch the flag back out to the original custom ANV, now that the worst of the winter weather has passed and security is improved.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1547103728848309/
Saturday, April 12th:  Susan and Karen will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.
Monday, April 14th:  Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny's BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA.  Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.
Tuesday, April 15th:  Susan will be speaking at the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Eatonton, Georgia.  Location:  Bledsoe-Greene House, located at 105 West Sumter St., Eatonton, Georgia.  Dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16th:  66th Annual Shad Planking, Wakefield, VA.  The Va Flaggers will once again have a booth at the Shad Planking.  2:00 p.m. – 6:30, Rain or Shine.  More information: www.shadplanking.com
April 19, 2014, 2014:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.
Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM
Saturday, May 10thConfederate Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery.  Procession through cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.  All are invited to join the procession and/or attend the Memorial Service.  Details to follow.  
Sunday, May 11th: 3:00 p.m., Yellow Tavern, J.E.B. Stuart Memorial Service, Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705 UDC.
 
Thursday, May 22nd:  Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.
Sunday, May 25th 2:00 p.m.  Susan will be speaking at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrenton Cemetery, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Black Horse Chapter No. 9, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780
Saturday, June 28th:  The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.  Guest Speakers:  Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway – More information here:  www.plpow.com
Sunday, July 6th:  1:30 p.m., Headstone and Iron Cross Dedication Ceremony for Patrick Noah Newton, Nelson Baptist Church, 1837 Nelson Church Rd, Nelson, Virginia https://www.facebook.com/events/1411845402398834/

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