2016/04/16

Va Flaggers: Roadside Memorial Battle Flags Update

The Virginia Flaggers are pleased to announce the installation of lighting at the Wade Hampton I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Site in Prince George County.



The flag will now be illuminated each night and will be visible 24/7.
Special thanks to Major Willie Wells and the men of the Army of Northern Virginia Mechanized Cavalry who co-sponsor this site, and installed the lighting this week.

HIGH WINDS LAST WEEKEND
Last weekend, flags were lowered at all 19 flag sites, ahead of sustained high winds forecast across the Commonwealth. 
By taking the time to remove the flags and get them out of harm's way, we are able to save wear and tear and be the best stewards of the resources with which we have been provided. The flags were closely inspected for any damage and swapped out for repairs as needed.  
Dozens of volunteers took time out of their day to make sure these flags are protected, and to raise them back again when the threat had passed. 


​One of several new flags raised to replace worn and damaged flags in Danville, VA

We call these folks the Guardians of the Flags, and we owe them a deep debt of gratitude for their hard work and willingness to answer the call for help, often on short notice! Thank you, gentlemen, for your dedication to the Cause for which we stand!
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers



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

2016/04/05

Va Flaggers: Pensacola SCV Hoists Massive Roadside Battle Flag On I-10

Congratulations to our friends in the Stephen R. Mallory SCV Camp #1315, Pensacola, FL, who raised a 15 FT X 25 FT Confederate Battle Flag on a 71' pole on the North side of I-10 near mile marker 36 over the weekend!



​A dedication and cavalcade drive by will be held at 10am on Saturday, April 9th to commemorate Confederate History and Heritage Month in Florida.




Pensacola is once again the City of Five Flags...only this one is a whole lot bigger than the one they took down!  Well done, gentlemen.
"For every flag removed, a thousand more will rise to take its place..."
#DixieRising
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers




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

2016/03/25

Va Flaggers: Preliminary Injunction Halts Monument Removal in New Orleans!

BREAKING NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS AT SAVE OUR CIRCLE...

"HUGE MONUMENTS NEWS UPDATE: We are thrilled to report that the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a preliminary injunction to stop the City of New Orleans from moving forward with the removal of the monuments. This injunction will remain in place while the case is on appeal!!" - Jonathan Maki


Happy Easter, Mitch! 
DEO VINDICE!

Susan Hathaway
Va Flagger

2016/03/23

Va Flaggers: Charlottesville "Tear Down the Monuments" Rally Report and Update


http://m.roanoke.com/news/virginia/movement-afoot-in-charlottesville-to-remove-lee-statue/article_eaa388d5-464c-5d72-be93-2f9597c52607.html?mode=jqm

On Monday night, March 21st, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer submitted the following, very revealing "statement", concerning City Council's plans for the Confederate monuments in Charlottesville.



On Tuesday, March 22nd, members of the Virginia Flaggers joined several dozen history and heritage supporters to protest a press conference held in Charlottesville's Lee Park, by Charlottesville City Council Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy to announce plans to tear down the RE Lee statue and change the park name. 


Monument supporters reported that Bellamy and others ranted that  Robert E. Lee was "trash" that needed to be disposed of, and blamed the memorial for everything from "racism" to "homophobia".  The vicious attacks were difficult to hear, and monument supporters are to be commended for their brave stand, and excellent conduct in the face of blatant hate and bigotry.

  

One of the highlights of the event was the opportunity to flag and engage Councilman Kristen Szacos, who was the first to call for the removal of the monuments several years ago...


​A big thanks to ALL who came out to take a stand! 



Later in the afternoon, we released the following statement:
March 22, 2016
Richmond, Va

"The Mayor, Vice-Mayor, and Councilman Scazos are wasting the taxpayers’ money and time by proposing the removal of the monuments in Charlottesville, in clear violation of Virginia state law. (15.2-1812 - Memorials for war veterans)
The governor’s recent veto of the proposed amendment did not change the law, nor does it allow for the removal of monuments and memorials. In fact, the Virginia legislature reaffirmed the law’s original intent. Thankfully, it is still illegal to remove monuments and memorials in the Commonwealth, and our veterans’ memorials are safe from the mob mentality of the PC revisionists and haters in Charlottesville and across the Commonwealth.
We believe that Charlottesville City Council members should have better things to do than to pursue these self-serving publicity stunts that only serve to divide us and create animosity in the community
Neither the Virginia Flaggers, nor the citizens of the Commonwealth are going to stand by and allow this ISIS like destruction of our history and heritage. If Charlottesville City Council decides to ignore the law and pursues this repulsive purge, they will face serious consequences…in civil and criminal court… and in the court of public opinion, which according to all available public polling on the subject, overwhelmingly supports keeping the monuments right where they are. "
Call to action: 
*Continue to contact Charlottesville City Council:  An email to this address:  council@charlottesville.org will be sent to each Council member, the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and the Clerk of Council.
You can also use this link to contact each council member individually via phone and/or email: http://www.charlottesville.org/departments-and-services/departments-a-g/city-council/council-members

Stay tuned for more information, updates, and opportunities to join the fight!
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers





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

2016/03/21

Va Flaggers: RE Lee Statue in Charlottesville Latest Target of PC Purge Attempt

Charlottesville Vice-Mayor calls for removal of the magnificent RE Lee equestrian statue, and wants the park renamed:




http://www.nbc29.com/story/31521671/vice-mayor-wes-bellamy-take-down-robert-e-lee-statue
"Charlottesville's vice mayor is calling on City Council to take down a statue honoring Confederate general Robert E. Lee and rename the park that surrounds it.
Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy and his supporters will hold a press conference in Lee Park on Tuesday. Bellamy says this is a chance for the community to stand together to show the city that it's time for change.
He says the Robert E. Lee statue has symbolized a lot of different things since it was installed in 1924. Bellamy believes city leaders need to take action when anyone in the community feels disrespected.
“I've spoken with several different people who have said they have refused to step foot in to that park because of what that statue and the name of that park represents. And we can't have that in the city of Charlottesville," Bellamy said.
Charlottesville City Councilor Kristin Szakos faced strong criticism a few years ago for questioning the relevance of the Confederate statues."
http://wina.com/news/064460-064460-064460-064460-064460-bellamy-backs-removing-statue/
Apparently, the Vice-Mayor's "supporters" include the members of this group "Unity in the Community"...



Are YOU mad enough yet?
Call to action:
*Call and/or email City Council members ASAP and voice your displeasure with this proposal.  Remind them that removal of monuments is still protected by Va State law. and is listed on the Virginia Landmark Registry and the National Register of Historic Places.   Ask them if they really want to bring this kind of disunity and unrest to their city by disrespecting the history and heritage of its citizens.  Tell them to leave our monuments and memorials alone.

An email to this address:  council@charlottesville.org will be sent to each Council member, the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and the Clerk of Council.
You can also use this link to contact each council member individually via phone and/or email: http://www.charlottesville.org/departments-and-services/departments-a-g/city-council/council-members

“Duty is the most sublime word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.”  ~ R. E. Lee

2016/03/14

Va Flaggers: Dixie Rising: Momentum Shifts after Post-Columbia Rush to Remove Confederate Symbols

For some time now, I have dedicated a portion of my lectures and speeches to the fact that I believe that we were starting to see a real turnaround in the fight to save our heritage.   Many of us felt that the winds of change were blowing across the country and momentum was shifting our way.  As more and more folks have decided to step up and speak out, the push back has continued to grow and we are starting to see real results and more and victories in the fight for our heritage.  Yesterday, it was very refreshing to find someone in the national media willing to say the same thing:

“The pendulum has gone the other direction, where it’s no longer about trying to take away the emblems,” said Dane Waters, a political consultant who worked on a failed effort this year to remove the battle flag from Mississippi’s state flag. “It’s now about protecting them and insulating them from future efforts..."


With each new assault against our heritage since the lowering of the flag in Columbia, we have witnessed Dixie rising.  Despite a very organized attempt to prevent the sale and distribution of Confederate flags, there are now more flags flying than ever before. Citizens are beginning to shake off the fear of being called names, and stand up and speak out against those who, up until this point, had very little opposition.  Our heritage organizations have seen an explosion in membership and inquiries from people wanting to get involved, and the SCV is leading the fight in many states.

Our legislators, leaders, and elected officials are learning that there will be a price to pay if they side with the haters and against our history and heritage.  We have seen courtrooms and city councils filled with Confederate supporters unwilling to stand silently by, flag rallies increasing in number and participants, and new highway flags rising up across the country.  Grass roots organizations such as the Save Our Circle group in New Orleans have organized and waged effective campaigns to save our monuments, outside of our heritage organizations.

While this is all very encouraging and certainly cause for inspiration, it is by no means a time to become complacent, and return to the lulled state that allowed all of this to happen in the first place.  Now, more than ever, we must continue on the OFFENSIVE…getting our flags back up where they have been removed, pushing forward with legislation to make sure our monuments and memorials never fall prey to the PC demands of  the angry mobs that have been allowed free reign, and, of course, installing new flags and monuments for our own memorials.  

The tide is turning.  There will be many more battles to fight, and likely more setbacks along the way, but we can and will suppress this second Reconstruction when we, like our Confederate ancestors before us, find the courage to stand and raise our voices to drown out those who have had the floor and the ears of our legislators and elected officials for far too long. 

Stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved…keep a close eye on what is happening in your own backyard…and now more than ever…
RAISE YOUR BATTLE FLAGS!

​Photo courtesy of Connie Chastain

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers


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

2016/03/13

Va Flaggers: Last Capital of the Confederacy Old South Ball 4-2-2016

Less than three weeks away!  Make plans to attend...
  
From the event website:  

Take a trip back in time and join us on April 2nd, 2016 for an event you will not want to miss!
Following the success of last years Sesquicentennial Old South Ball, the Last Capital of the Confederacy proudly presents the 2016 Old South Ball in the historic downtown Danville, Virginia.
All profits to benefit the Virginia Wounded Warriors Program (Virginia Department of Veterans Services)
Join us for a good time with good folks benefiting a good cause!


Details and ticket purchase information available here:
http://www.oldsouthball.net/LAC/Online/Default.asp
Danville City Council chose to desecrate the Confederate memorial on the grounds of the Sutherlin Mansion.  Come to Danville to support those who are fighting the good fight...and help us paint the town Confederate Red!

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

2016/03/11

Va Flaggers: Gov. McAuliffe Vetoes Veterans' War Memorial Protection Bill

The Governor of Virginia has bowed to pressure from the NAACP and liberal Democrats and announced today that he has vetoed a bill that would have strengthened the protection of Veterans’ monuments and memorials in Virginia. Because of their political shenanigans, ALL veterans’ monuments and memorials in the Commonwealth may be at risk. The Governor has effectively spit in the face of every veteran, living and dead.

Virginia War Memorial, Richmond, VA
From the Governor's office:
                                                                                                
RICHMOND – Today Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 587, which would hamper the authority of Virginia local governments to make their own decisions about monuments or war memorials within their jurisdictions. 

The Governor also directed Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward, the former Mayor of Hampton, to form a work group with the Department of Historic Resources to begin a dialogue and study best practices about how to balance the preservation of history with the legitimate concerns many Virginians have about certain types of monuments and memorials.
The Governor’s full veto statement is below:
March 10, 2016
Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 587, which overrides the authority of local governments to remove or modify monuments or war memorials erected before 1998.
The rich history of our Commonwealth is one of our great assets. My administration strongly supports historic preservation efforts, including the preservation of war memorials and monuments. However, this legislation would have been a sweeping override of local authority over these monuments and memorials including potential ramifications for interpretive signage to tell the story of some of our darkest moments during the Civil War.

There is a legitimate discussion going on in localities across the Commonwealth regarding whether to retain, remove, or alter certain symbols of the Confederacy. These discussions are often difficult and complicated. They are unique to each community’s specific history and the specific monument or memorial being discussed. This bill effectively ends these important conversations. 

I am committed to supporting a constructive dialogue regarding the preservation of war memorials and monuments, but I do not support this override of local authority.

Accordingly, I veto this bill.
Sincerely,

Terence R. McAuliffe


This, less than a year after McAuliffe made the public statement "LEAVE ALL THE STATUES ALONE", when asked about the future of Richmond's Confederate monuments.   http://m.nbc12.com/nbc12/db_/contentdetail.htm?full=true&contentguid=od%3anY1X7UA4&pn=&ps=#display
This announcement is evidence of McAuliffe's inconsistency and hypocrisy, considering it comes on the heels of two other major press releases about preserving battlefields and a second season of a "Civil War" mini series ($$$)...issued just days before he vetoed a bill that would protect the monuments and memorials honoring the men who died defending the Commonwealth. 

https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=14339
https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=14494

If you would like to let the Governor know how you feel about his decision, you can reach him here... https://governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office
Bottom line?

By vetoing the War Memorials Protection Bill, our carpetbagger Governor has made it very clear that he stands with the liberal Democrats in the Virginia Senate (House Democrats overwhelmingly supported the measure) and the NAACP who petitioned the Governor to veto the bill, and against ALL of Virginia’s veterans. This, in a very public way, is done without truly harming our Cause.

The fact is, his veto is worthless. This bill ONLY served to tighten a possible loophole in a Virginia Statute that ALREADY protects our Veterans’ monuments and memorials. The law still stands. He knows it does... and that it’s just a matter of time until the Supreme Court says the same.

SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS!

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

2016/02/15

Fwd: Va Flaggers: I-95 Wade Hampton Flag Raised in Prince George County


http://www.nbc12.com/story/31208298/va-flaggers-another-confederate-flag-to-be-raised-on-i-95

Saturday morning, we woke to temperatures in the low 20's, and as I added layers and gathered cold weather gear, I considered that the frigid temperatures would likely mean a small, but dedicated crowd at the flag raising in Prince George later that morning. The forecast called for cloudy skies and high winds, but by the time we arrived at the site, the sun made an appearance and when the service began at 11:00 a.m., and to our amazement, over 150 folks had gathered to be a part of the dedication ceremony.



The Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters Camp #3000 Color Guard opened the ceremony, accompanied by Pipe Major David Hinton.  Army of Northern Virginia Mechanized Cavalry Major Willie Wells shared information on the history of the Great Beef Steak Raid, and Wayne Jones of South Carolina spoke about General Wade Hampton. 



Honks of approval from passing vehicles began even before the flag was raised. This trucker actually pulled his rig over right on the side of I-95 to take photos in the middle of the ceremony! 



This project was a joint effort of the Virginia Flaggers and the Army of Northern Virginia Mechanized Cavalry, and the lion's share of the site work was done by Willie Wells.  To honor him for his hard work and dedication the honor of raising the flag was given to four generations of Wellses...Willie Earl Wells, Jr., Willie Earl Wells III, Wade Hampton Wells, and Kamdin Wayne Wells, all helped hoist her high, while Pipe Major David Hinton played "The Bonnie Blue Flag".  The brisk wind meant that she immediately flew at full sail, to the cheers and delight of all who had gathered. 





After the flag was raised, the Captain William Latane Camp #1690 Color Guard fired a rifle salute, followed by a cannon salute, benediction and a rousing rendition of "Dixie's Land" by all in attendance.


The I-95 Wade Hampton Memorial Battle flag was dedicated to the Glory of God and in memory and honor of General Wade Hampton and the Confederate soldiers who fought and died in defense of the Commonwealth.  She will also fly as a 24/7 reminder that there are still many of us with Confederate blood flowing through our veins who are no longer willing to sit quietly by while our history and heritage, and the honor of our ancestors is attacked.



The visibility of this location is stunning, and we were able to get several good photos from I-95, and with the help of Judy Smith Photography, Jeff Seymour, and our friends at Tredegar DroneWorks.


​​View from I-95 Northbound Lane


​Aerial view courtesy of Tredegar DroneWorks

The Virginia Flaggers and the Army of Northern Virginia Mechanized Cavalry wish to thank each and every person whose generosity made this project and this glorious day possible, including James Bibb and the folks at "Just Go Detecting", who raffled off a hand made ANV battle flag, the proceeds of which paid for the custom 20' x 20' battle flag that was raised.  We were pleased that they could attend the ceremony so that we could thank them in person...



Thank you all for your continued support.  This was the 18th roadside memorial flag raised in the Commonwealth, and the third on I-95 since the fall of 2013, and we are every day in awe of the way God is moving and working among His people, to further His kingdom and our Cause.
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers
Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

2016/02/07

Va Flaggers: Week's End February 6, 2016

*Great Letter to the Editor by our own H. V. (Bo) Traywick, Jr. in the Times-Dispatch this morning...

Southern states didn’t rise in rebellion
Editor, Times-Dispatch:
A Correspondent of the Day accused Dr. Walter Williams of mythmaking concerning black Confederates. I would like to point out some myths in this correspondent’s letter. The Southern states did not “rise in rebellion against the United States” in order to expand slavery. Quite to the contrary, in their attempts to peacefully secede from the union of states by the same method all states had originally acceded to it — through their respective sovereign conventions — the Southern states willfully gave up any opportunity of expanding slavery into the territories. In the process, they effectively removed slavery from the United States altogether. One would think the abolitionist North would have happily said “goodbye and good riddance” to them, but it did not. Why not?
With the Southern states out of the union, the North would lose its major source of cotton for its mills, its major source of markets for its manufactures, its major source of income from the tariff, and its control of the mouth of the Mississippi River. The Northern economy would collapse. So President Lincoln drove the Southern states back into the union at the point of the bayonet. The South was simply defending itself from invasion, conquest and coerced political allegiance — just as the 13 slave holding Colonies had done when they seceded from the British Empire in 1776.
No one can argue that slavery is not a coercive labor system, but many faithful slaves (some bearing arms) accompanied their masters to war, rescued them from their wounds, and got them safely back home.
H. V. Traywick Jr.
Richmond

http://www.richmond.com/…/article_08b7a58c-bba0-56b7-bce4-4…

​Photo: 1918 Tulsa, Oklahoma UCV Reunion Parade with an unidentified African American Confederate veteran. He has “Rome, GA” blazoned on his chest, and is holding what appear to be two chickens. Confederate Veterans Encampment Photographs, 2015.056.16

*This from Lexington, earlier this week:
During a hearing to determine whether or not a store owner would be allowed to fly a U.S. Flag in front of his shop, the following comments were recorded...
"To this, (Planning Commissioner) Wolfe said she liked the idea of flying the American Flag, as a kind of counterweight to "ALL THE CONFEDERATE FLAGS" flying in the area..."
#winning



*And this...a cool photo of the RE Lee monument, captured by a Va Flagger Monument Guard volunteer on Wednesdayevening...


Entering our 8th month of Monument Patrols, volunteers have logged hundreds of hours protecting our monuments, and we are always in need of a few good men (or women!) to help with this very important endeavor. If you are interested in learning more about how you can assist, please contact our Monument Guards coordinator at vamonumentguard@gmail.com.


*Finally, we are finalizing plans for our I-95 Wade Hampton Prince George Memorial Battle Flag raising/dedication NEXT Saturday and will have more information to release soon.

2016/01/24

Va Flaggers: New Civil Rights Movement: Lee-Jackson Day Reflections From a First-Time Flagger

We received permission to share this excellent piece, written by a gentleman who joined us on the front lines for the first time last Friday in Lexington for Lee-Jackson Day...

New Civil Rights Movement

Recently I participated with a new Civil Rights group in reaffirming our First Amendment right of free speech and peaceful assembly on a public street.  

Washington & Lee University is attempting to deny this by force, complete with security guards in a blatant violation of civil rights. VDOT and the police affirmed that Letcher Ave is indeed public right of way and W&L had no right to stop peaceful people from carrying the Battle Flag on public property.

Arriving, I was briefed on what citizenship etiquette was expected. We were not to impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic, to respect private property, not to use loud, profane or threatening language, and not to litter. BLM and Occupy take note. The briefing closed with prayer for safety and tolerance.

With Battle Flag in hand and wearing my veteran’s baseball cap I took my post where I was pleasantly surprised at the warm reception. 


About half the cars exhibited no notice but the other half waved, gave a thumbs up or spoke encouragingly. Pedestrians and visiting tourists also commented favorably including one distinguished looking lady who made eye contact, winked and whispered “Keep up the good work!” as she passed by. The drivers of several trucks bearing W & L logo gave an apologetic smile and waved approval.

The one and only negative reaction was a woman in a BMW sports car who must be suffering from Affluenza and White Privilege Guilt Syndrome. Stopping at the traffic signal she rendered a double single digit salute using both hands. At first I thought perhaps she was advertising the availability of her services but when she lowered her window and released a string of invectives and vulgarities I realized that it was she and not my Battle Flag that was engaging in hate speech.

I resisted the temptation to respond because in the adjoining lane a mother with her children in the car also lowered her window. This kind lady, setting an example for her children, first thanked me for my service to our country and then gave thumbs up to the Battle Flag.

Later we raised a huge Battle Flag on private property overlooking I- 81. As the flag was unfurled and far off motorists realized what was happening, the sound of supportive car and truck horns blaring was like a symphony.


​​
During lunch I learned how the left wing Gestapo is attempting to intimidate people by posting lies on the internet; calling employers and urging firings simply for exercising free speech.

So what is the source of this hatred of the Battle Flag? Well it is like the US Flag, the Christian Cross, the Star of David and the Crescent Moon of Islam, all of which once have been hijacked by haters. A 1931 KKK rally at Hotel Roanoke, pictured in Roanoke Times featured three U.S. Flags, four Christian Crosses but no Battle Flags.

Unauthorized temporary usage by a hate group does not allow anyone else to redefine for all others the previous and future meaning of a symbol. 

Wornie Reed and others at the Christiansburg conference, not delivering a history lesson but  a  propaganda lecture, have no more credibility to define forever the Battle Flag’s meaning for others than does Donald Trump have the right to define Islam.

The absurdity of the Nazi correlation to the Confederate soldier and his flag is a classic example of racial dividers trying to impose their superficial understanding of history on those who know the truth.

The flag was in 1861, and is still now worldwide, a symbol of resistance to what many consider tyrannical governments.

In a memorial setting the Battle Flag honors soldiers who fought for many reasons, the least of which was for the perpetuation or the abolition of slavery. Listen to the soldiers, North and South by reading their letters. 

This is the great hoax than induces many such as Bill Bestpitch to betray their ancestors honor for a handful of votes without really understanding what their ancestors believed.

Elitists in academia, government, media and entertainment regard those who defend the Battle Flag as untermensch. These men and women are not going to furl their Battle Flag and quietly go to the back of the bus. Reintroducing an abandoned tactic of nonviolence and demanding civil rights protection, they will persevere.

So what is the take away from all this? In spite of what the Gauleiters of speech censorship tell you, there are many Americans who still support the Battle Flag.  



Iain Colquhoun
Roanoke, Va


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

2016/01/20

Lee-Jackson Day 2016 Lexington VA Weekend Report

The Virginia Flaggers arrived in Lexington, VA early Friday morning, and kicked off the Lee-Jackson Day State Holiday with an informational meeting  at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery. 


We then headed down Main Street and spread out along Main and down to Washington & Lee University, covering most of the heart of downtown.  With very few exceptions, the local residents welcomed us and often stopped to thank us for being there and forwarding the colors.  We had many, many good conversations with folks who were eager to ask questions, and receptive to the information we shared about the discriminatory flag ban by Lexington City Council...and the desecration of the LEE Chapel by Washington & Lee University.


One of our favorite stories of the morning was that of a Washington & Lee University student who came out to speak to us.  He told us that he had been visiting the university last year during Lee-Jackson weekend last year and was impressed by the showing of flags. He said he had been waiting for the holiday to arrive and hoping we would be back out this year so he could come speak with us.  He carried a Mississippi state flag in his pocket and was well educated about our history and heritage.


We spoke with a few reporters, and a nice piece aired that evening, inviting folks to attend the festivities on Saturday...

http://wsls.com/2016/01/15/lexington-community-celebrates-lee-jackson-day/
After lunch outside of city limits, we headed out to the I-81 R.E. Lee Memorial Flag site to raise a new flag.  We were watching the weather closely, as rain was forecasted to move in, and were able to get the flag up and flying just in time.


Re-dedicated, on Lee-Jackson Day 2016, to the Glory of God, and in memory of General Robert E. Lee and the men who served under him. 
Heavy rain set in shortly thereafter, and we moved inside to prepare and plan for the next days' activities.

Saturday morning, we awoke to chilly temperatures, but bright sunshine filled the sky as hundreds gathered at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery for a service to honor Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson.  The crowd was larger than we had seen in several years.  Members of the Stonewall Brigade reported they quickly ran out of the 300 programs they had printed.


It was a beautiful service, and a moving tribute to General Jackson.


Immediately following the service, we stepped off for a parade through town.  Once again, the reception was cordial, with those in attendance cheering us on, and shouts of thanks and support were heard throughout the route.




Following the parade, Flaggers attended a Memorial Service for Robert E. Lee at a Lexington church, or headed back down Main Street for more flagging. 
Kudos to the men of the Stonewall Brigade for organizing this event every year and for their commitment to ensuring that there is still a formal commemoration of Lee-Jackson each year in Lexington.
After the parade, we headed across town to W&L.  The details of "The Battle of Letcher Ave" were sent in a previous email, and can be found here:  http://vaflaggers.blogspot.com/2016/01/va-flaggers-lee-jackson-day-2016.html
After leaving VMI, we headed over to the Jackson Farm Memorial Battle Flag site on Rt. 60.  The flag that was raised one year ago on Lee-Jackson day, 2015, had been repaired several times, and needed to be replaced.  We raised a new 10' x 15' flag and rededicated her in memory and honor of General TJ "Stonewall" Jackson. 

​*Thanks to our friends at Tredegar DroneWorks for this great aerial photo! 
After raising the new flag, we headed back into town to finish out the day with some very chilly, but very productive flagging!

​One of MANY great conversations we had during the Lee-Jackson weekend.
As the day came to a close, the last Flaggers left standing were reluctant to leave after what was, by far, our best Lexington Lee-Jackson weekend to date.


Many thanks to all who joined us, many for the first time, those whose support made it all possible, and those who offered prayers of protection and safety.  Over the two days, we did not encounter a single protester or heckler, and enjoyed a warm welcome from most residents and students.  We were able to freely and properly honor and remember Generals Lee and Jackson, and forward the colors on the sidewalks where City Council had hoped their ban would mean the end of their display during the holiday.  We were encouraged by the fact that in spite of all of the best efforts of some to drive her down, Dixie is alive and well and burning in the hearts of even the youngest citizens of the Commonwealth...



We will leave you with these drone video highlights of some of the events in Lexington...
Barry Isenhour
Va Flaggers