2015/02/27

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

This is heartbreaking, and difficult to watch...

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

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

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

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

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


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

2015/02/24

VA Flaggers: RESCUING GENERAL STUART

RESCUING GENERAL STUART

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

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

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

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


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

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers




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

2015/02/15

Complaint About SCV Sign in NC Leads To Battle Flag Installation

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

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




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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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


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



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


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



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


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




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



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



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




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



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



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

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!​

Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers


2015/02/03

Va Flaggers: Charlottesville Lee-Jackson Public Hearing Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
​Photo:  RYAN M. KELLY/THE DAILY PROGRESS

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

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

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

Respectfully,
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers


2015/01/29

Va Flaggers Lee-Jackson Weekend Report Part III - VMI

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

  


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


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

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


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

Great coverage in the local media here: 

and here:

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

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

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

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers


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2015/01/22

Va Flaggers: Lee-Jackson Weekend - Washington & Lee University

Va Flaggers Lee-Jackson Weekend Report Part II – Washington & Lee University
Saturday morning, we gathered at Stonewall Jackson cemetery for a memorial service for General Jackson. Once again, God smiled on the Confederates gathered to honor Lee & Jackson with beautiful weather…sunny, breezy, and temperatures near 50 degrees!  A large crowd was on hand for the service, and those in attendance paid respects to the General through prayer, singing hymns, and laying memorial wreaths.  

 
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Immediately following the service, we formed up for a parade through Lexington.  Our unit was led by Generals Lee and Jackson, a Flagger color guard, and followed by the largest group of flaggers we have ever had attend the event including SCV, UDC, OCR and Mechanized Cavalry members from across the Commonwealth and the country!  It seemed to us that there were about twice as many folks gathered to watch the parade as there had been last year as well.  It was truly a glorious site, to see the parade stretched down main street, and the street filled with flags and supporters of Confederate heritage. Along the route, we sang Dixie, handed out stick flags, and received the support and well wishes of all who had gathered.  

  
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At the end of the route, the parade took a detour from its normal path.  Instead of heading to Washington and Lee University, we were directed the opposite way, and into the municipal parking deck.  At this point, we turned and our entire unit headed over to Letcher Ave., to make our way to VMI to pay our respects to General Jackson before the Memorial Service, as has been our custom for the past several years.

As most of you know, a group of 6 students who attend Washington and LEE university's school of law wrote a letter in April of 2014 to Washington & LEE officials (copy attached) which demanded that the university “hold itself responsible for the racist and dishonorable conduct of Robert E. Lee.”  Specifically, these agitators demanded the following mandates be implemented, threatening “civil disobedience” if the administration failed to comply tot their demands:
1)     1)  We demand that the University fully recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus.
2)     2)  We demand the University stop allowing “Neo-Confederates” (i.e.SCV, UDC, re-enactors) to march on campus with confederate flags on Lee-Jackson Day and to stop allowing these groups to hold programs in Lee Chapel.
3)      3)  We demand that the University remove all confederate flags from its property, including those flags located within LEE Chapel.
4)      4)  We demand that the University issue and official apology for the University’s participation in chattel slavery and a denunciation of Robert E. Lee’s participation in slavery.

In July, W&L President Ruscio began the systematic capitulation to these demands when he stripped the replica memorial Army of Northern Virginia Battle Flags from the chamber which holds the "Recumbent Lee" statue in the LEE Chapel. Shortly thereafter, Confederate Flags were prohibited on the grounds, and those wishing to visit the Chapel were not allowed to carry a Confederate flag and were made to remove apparel that had a Confederate flag on it.  Recently, W&L officials announced that classes would be canceled next school year in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and this year, the LEE Chapel was not available to the SCV and UDC for their annual Lee-Jackson Day memorial service, reportedly (and conveniently) due to renovations. 

Throughout the weekend, we had Flaggers stationed at Washington & Lee, and Campus Security was right there to make sure none of “those flags” were allowed on the property.  One of our flaggers, speaking of his conversation with one of the security officers, remarked,  "I told him it was a sad day in America when the borders of W&L are more secure than those of the United States."


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As our group walked up Letcher Avenue after the parade, we stopped for a photo, unveiling the 20' x 30' flag that will soon be raised on I-81 in Lexington. 

  
As the photo was being taken, W&L Security began to gather and notified us that the university owns Letcher Avenue and allows VMI to use it for access, but would not allow us to use the road as long as we were carrying “that” flag.  We let them know that we assumed that the road and sidewalk were public, and since we had already walked halfway up the road, asked to simply be allowed to continue the remaining 100 yards or so to VMI.  We were refused and again told that if we wanted access to Letcher Avenue, we would have to leave our flags back down on the street.  

 Security guards rush to ensure an education did not break out at Washington & Lee University.


At this point, those who still wanted to make the trip to VMI, including our own Robert E. Lee, portrayed by an elderly Vietnam Vet, were forced to walk back down Letcher Ave, cross busy traffic twice, and climb a very steep, difficult to navigate entrance, in order to access the VMI parade grounds. 



For those who were not keeping track, this means that officials at Washington & Lee have already capitulated to THREE of the FOUR ludicrous demands made by the agitators, in effect giving full credence and agreement to their assertion as to the “racist and dishonorable conduct of Robert E. Lee”.

SHAME ON WASHINGTON & LEE UNIVERSITY FOR FORSAKING THE HONOR, MEMORY AND LEGACY OF ROBERT E LEE...AND SHAME ON THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR COWARDLY ATTEMPTS TO APPEASE.

"Obstacles may retard, but they cannot long prevent the progress of a movement sanctified by its justice, and sustained by a virtuous people."-President Jefferson Davis

Despite the obstacles presented, we made it to VMI to pay our respects, although the hassle, delays, difficult hike, and lost time meant that many did not make it back in time for the Noon service at Lexington Presbyterian.

Our next and final report  will share our experience at VMI and the final hours of flagging Lexington that afternoon.

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

2015/01/21

Va Flaggers Lexington Report: Flagging Friday

Greetings Patriots!  We have much to share about the incredible turnout, events, and experiences during the Lee-Jackson Holiday weekend in Lexington, Virginia.  This will be the first of several reports, in an attempt to inform, inspire, and properly thank all of those who had a part in making it the biggest and best ever! 

FLAGGING FRIDAY:

Ever since the City Council voted to ban ALL flags from city light pole flag stands (except the US flag, Va State Flag and non-existent Lexington City Flag), the Va Flaggers have taken to the streets of Lexington on the State Lee-Jackson Day Holiday, which is the Friday closest to Robert E. Lee’s birthday.  This Friday, BY FAR, was our best ever, with more folks attending, and more opportunities to educate and change the hearts and minds of those willing to listen, and stand up to those who refuse to hear or accept the truth regarding Lee and Jackson, their flags, and the men who fought and died beneath them.


We started the day with 54 folks meeting at Jackson Cemetery for instructions, information, and an invocation, asking God’s protection and blessing on our endeavors.  Armed with flyers, flags, and the determination of our ancestors, we took to the sidewalks of Lexington, spreading out and taking positions at city light poles from the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery stretching down Main Street and over to Washington & Lee University.  It was a beautiful sight to behold, looking down from Main at the flags of our forefathers lining the streets of the city once considered “The Shrine of the South”.  The weather, ominous just the day before, was almost perfect.  Temperatures reached the upper 40’s, with sunshine and a gentle breeze to lift our flags throughout the day. 

  

At 1:00 pm, we gathered just a few blocks from the city center on Route 60 to raise the first Lexington Memorial Battle Flag, as reported earlier.   Our numbers continued to grow, as over 60 folks attended the dedication, and then headed back to Lexington to resume flagging.

  

By the time we left the Lexington sidewalks at dusk, over 80 people had joined us, many flagging for the first time, and all reporting very positive exchanges and experiences with citizens, tourists, and students throughout the day.  We printed 350 flyers and were completely out of “ammo” (the term coined by our own Sgt. Troutman for our literature) before the day was over!  

 

Exhausted, but galvanized by the incredible turnout and success of a very long day, we met at Country Cookin’ (by invitation of the good folks there!) and counted over 100 in attendance, double what we had reserved, as more folks came in that evening.  After a great meal and last minute instructions for Saturday, we retired for the evening with great anticipation, realizing that the influx of folks who could not take off work to be with us Friday would mean even more flags and Flaggers on Saturday.  




Stay tuned...much more to come...

Va Flaggers




2015/01/17

Va Flaggers: Memorial Battle Flag Raised in Lexington, VA

MEMORIAL BATTLE FLAG RAISED IN LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA



This afternoon, during the Lee-Jackson State holiday in Virginia, the Virginia Flaggers took a break from flagging Lexington and Washington & Lee University, just long enough to raise a 10 x 15 Battle Flag on a 50’ pole in a small ceremony on private property on Route 60, just outside of Lexington's city limits. 

The flag will fly in honor and memory of all Confederate soldiers, and specifically to remember Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson, the great Virginians who’s final resting places are within just a few blocks of the memorial.

When we placed an ad a few months ago in the local paper, we were thrilled to receive calls from several citizens who were eager to offer their property for the placement of a memorial flag.  It seems that we are not the only ones who are upset about the way officials in Lexington have turned their backs on Lee, Jackson, and the rich and honorable Confederate history and heritage of Lexington.  This property, with its elevated location and close proximity to town, seemed a perfect location and we were thrilled at the prospect of placing a memorial flag on the hill.   Little did we know that there was even more to this property than we imagined…

In 1859, Thomas J. Jackson took out a $500 note to purchase 13 acres just outside of Lexington, with the intention to farm the land, using the proceeds to pay the note. The War Between the States changed his plans, and in 1862 he wrote J.T.L. Preston and asked him to sell his little farm, which he did.  The Va Flaggers have recently received information that the flag raised today is located either directly on or adjacent to the property owned by General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson.  We are overwhelmed by the knowledge that this Memorial flag, raised in honor and memory of Lee & Jackson, would also have such a profound and personal connection to General Jackson. 

She will be 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 officials in Lexington seem determined to completely ignore the sacrifice of her own citizens, and dishonor Lee & Jackson by their words and deeds, 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 Jackson Farm Memorial Battle Flag is the third 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.  These projects, and numerous other heritage defense efforts, are made possible through the generosity of supporters from across America and beyond.


Virginia Flaggers



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

2015/01/12

Va Flaggers: Lexington Update...Countdown: 4 Days





Question received..."What flag should I bring?"

While all Confederate flags are welcome and appropriate, we suggest you consider carrying one of the flags that was banned from display on City flag stands, which included...

Robert E. Lee's headquarters flag
Unreconstructed Virginia State Flag
The Second National Flag (Stainless Banner) 
The First National Flag (Stars & Bars)




...and, of course, the ANV battle flag, which represents Lee, Jackson, and all the men who served under them. 

We will have a good supply of flags available. A minimum 8' pole is suggested for flagging.


Join us, as we "take it to the streets" to let the folks in Lexington and Washington & Lee University know that there are still many of us who honor Lee and Jackson and will not go away quietly.

We will flag all day Friday, participate in memorial services and the parade on Saturday, and flag Saturday afternoon/evening. We welcome all those interested in standing with us to attend FridaySaturday, or both days.
Meet at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery Friday at 10:00 a.m, Saturday for details, a complete schedule, and more information. 
RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!



*Photo design courtesy of Chief James Skelton.