2016/08/24

Charlottesville - Robert E. Lee Monument & Park Update/Call To Action

In the months since we held a "Save Lee Park" rally in Charlottesville and spoke at the Charlottesville City Council meeting last night, much has transpired .
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Sadly, we regret to report that Mr. George "Tex" Wells passed away last week after a courageous battle with cancer.  The last time most of us saw Tex was at the "Save Lee Park" rally in Charlottesville in April. He was ill then and very weak...and should not have been standing out in the sun, but he INSISTED on coming and standing up for Robert E Lee, against what he felt was a huge injustice.

A Vietnam Veteran, Tex  was well known for his portrayal of Gen Robert E Lee, and was a tireless advocate of the general and a fierce defender of our Cause.

The South has lost a true hero, and many of us have lost a dear friend.

Thank you, Tex. The general is safe. We won't let the miscreants get their hands on him or dishonor his sacred memory. Go rest high, Sir!
*Photo courtesy Judy Smith Photography
Since the rally and City Council meeting in April, the Council announced and appointed a "Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces".  This commission was appointed against the wishes of Vice-Mayor Bellamy and Councilman Szacos, who were visibly agitated at the idea of any delay in their plan to tear down the Robert E. Lee monument and rename LEE Park, but considering the severity of the backlash from citizens against the plan, City Council had no choice but to do "something" to satisfy the outcry of the public, and at the same time rein in and appease their rogue members, all at substantial taxpayer expense.

Read the details of the Resolution that created the commission here: http://www.charlottesville.org/home/showdocument?id=43143

Link to the Commissions page on Charlottesville's website here: http://www.charlottesville.org/departments-and-services/boards-and-commissions/blue-ribbon-commission-on-race-memorials-and-public-spaces

As one might imagine, the members that were selected by City Council to make up this commission, with one exception, have little or no knowledge of Confederate history and heritage, have a history of anti-Confederate bias, and several have made public comments supporting monument removal.  Read the applications of those selected here to get an idea of how the deck has been stacked:  http://www.vaflaggers.com/brca.pdf

VICE-CHAIR of the Commission, John Mason, as quoted in the Cavalier Daily:
John Mason, associate chair of the History department, said the symbolic nature of the statue and its message to the community are two of the major reasons it should be removed.
 
"The statue should be removed because it’s a symbol of racism, intolerance and white supremacy,” Mason said. “Robert E. Lee, as we know, commanded the Confederate armies in a war that the essential purpose of which was to preserve slavery and to preserve white supremacy."
 
Mason said the relationship between the statue — which has an unobstructed view on its four sides and sits in the middle of the park — and the viewer makes the viewer feel “small and insignificant.”
 
“That’s never going away,” Mason said. “So if we want a city that does not celebrate racism, does not celebrate the cause of the Confederacy, then we’re going to have to remove it."

The bias of the "Commission" is clear and intentional.  Even so, after several public hearing where citizens OVERWHELMINGLY voiced opposition to the removal of any monuments or memorials, http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/article_ef708687-20f7-5f2c-a79c-18b3d2e150d0.html   the commission appears to be getting the message....   http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/city-commission-on-statues-and-monuments-inching-closer-to-recommendation/article_a14a796e-6084-11e6-ae42-07c854ebbb5d.html

On August 13, the commission gave a tour of local historical sites and invited the public to attend and comment.  http://www.nbc29.com/story/32753314/blue-ribbon-commission-gives-tour-of-controversial-landmarks

During  the BRC tour, Mr. Mason speculated that Paul Goodloe McIntire must have bought the statues with money his family made from slave labor. Commissioner Margaret O’Bryant quickly corrected him, noting that Mr. McIntire left Charlottesville with very little and earned his fortune in the North in Chicago and New York.  Mr. Mason’s comment was subjective in nature and intended to create a narrative that fits his prejudiced agenda.

The following day, commission member Gordon Fields resigned.

 
CALL TO ACTION
What can you do to help?
1)  Attend the next Blue Ribbon Commission Public Meeting TONIGHT, Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 p.m.  City Space, 110 5th St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902 and make sure your voice, and that of our Confederate ancestors, is heard.
2)  Share your thoughts with the commission here:RMSfeedback@charlottesville.org or call, 434-970-3101. The commission has been instructed to report EVERY communication to City Council.  Be polite, but be firm that no monument should be removed and no context needs to be added to any existing memorials.
3)  Take a moment to contact Charlottesville City Council, even if you have already done so.  Send a message to ALL City Councilors.  Please be advised that emails sent via this link, or council@charlottesville.org will also be sent to the City Manager, Assistant City Managers and Clerk of Council.  Send a message to INDIVIDUAL City Councilors
 
Finally, we leave you with this update from Alexandria, Virginia.  After months of public hearings where citizens overwhelmingly spoke AGAINST removing any of the city's Confederate history, the commission there has issued a recommendation that the Confederate monument NOT be removed. Although the content of the article leaves quite a bit to be desired as regards truth and fact, we LOVE this headline... 

The South lost the war but keeps winning the battle over Confederate memorials

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/the-south-lost-the-war-but-keeps-winning-the-battle-over-confederate-memorials/2016/08/23/23012f42-694b-11e6-99bf-f0cf3a6449a6_story.html

13 months after Nikki Haley used a completely unrelated tragedy for political gain by pressuring SC legislators into removing the Confederate flag off of the Memorial in Columbia, and inspiring and emboldening other heritage haters across the country to follow her lead, the tide has turned. Her career is finished and good people are finally standing up and pushing back, and putting an end to this nonsense.
The commission in Alexandria got part of this right...the statue WILL stay, but rest assured there will be no PC "context" added, and Jefferson Davis Highway will remain. If we continue to stand up and speak out,  we will prevail...in Alexandria...and in Charlottesville... and across the South.  Stay tuned for more details and calls to action for Alexandria.

In the meantime, we wish to remind these folks that the removal of and/or attempt to modify existing war memorials is a violation of Virginia State Law, and any attempt to do so will be met with costly civil litigation and criminal prosecution.  In addition, we have scouted several locations in Charlottesville for Memorial Battle flag sites, and have one under construction as of this update.
We have only just begun to fight. To arms, Dixie!

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers
 

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2016/08/19

Va Flaggers: Victory! Anti-Confederate SJW Convicted in Richmond General District Court

The Va Flaggers spent yesterday morning in court, with two trials for defendants accused of assaulting members of our group held in the same courtroom on the same day.

In June, we reported that charges had been filed against two separate individuals for assaults against our Flaggers.  You can find the original story here:  http://vaflaggers.blogspot.com/2016/06/violent-agitator-arrested-for-assault.html

Yesterday, both cases were heard before the Richmond District Court.

The case against Kristofer Goad, who verbally assaulted TriPp Lewis, was the first heard.  


 
Kristofer Goad (AKA "Goad Gatsby")  See the video of the incident here... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SeEkanZ3XY  
**WARNING:  GRAPHIC PROFANITY**
This is the same man who has tried unsuccessfully for several years to organize counter protests against us.  For some time, he would show up alone, on his tricycle, and attempt to drive us away by blasting profanity-laced rap music at very high volume levels.  Five years later, we are still out there, twice a week, and he has long since given up and gone home.

 
The trial started with the judge asking TriPp to describe what happened.  When TriPp's testimony began, the judge stopped him and asked that all children be cleared from the courtroom due to the level of profanity the defendant had used.  When the prosecutor played the video, the profanity laced shouts and rage from "Toad" could be heard echoing through the chamber, obviously effecting even those who could not see the video being played at the bench.

The defense attorney then tried to make the case that since neither the crowd nor TriPp had actually ACTED OUT when provoked, that Toad wasn't guilty.  He moved to dismiss the charges based on this assumption.

The judge denied the motion and in his comments blasted the notion that somehow a crime had not been committed simply because the man being assaulted was a gentleman and kept his cool and did not react in any way.  He went on to say that one cannot direct that kind of language, in that manner, at an individual, or at a group ABOUT an individual, and not be guilty of breaking the law.  He found the evidence more than sufficient to convict.

At this point, he turned to TriPp and told him, "What happens from here is up to you, Sir.  Do you want this man to have a record?"  To which TriPp quickly and emphatically replied "YESSIR."   He was convicted of the misdemeanor and ordered to pay a fine.  The judge's final words to Toad :  "Clean your language up, young man"

 
 
TAKE AWAY:  In this incident, TriPp did EVERYTHING right.  He started recording immediately and quietly and calmly created a permanent eye witness of the event that was indisputable.  When that video was played in court, the effect was immeasurable, especially as TriPp stood calmly in his new suit, looking more professional than any lawyer in the building.  His ability to remain calm and collected during the assault and keep the camera rolling is what made this conviction a slam dunk, something that we train all of our folks to do.  Coincidentally, there is an excellent article about this very thing on Lew Rockwelltoday!   www.lewrockwell.com/2016/08/vox-day/sjw-attack-survival-guide/

Plans are underway to also file a civil suit.  Stay tuned...
The second case, heard the same day in the same court, was to hear charges against this woman, for pouring the contents of her beverage on several of our Flaggers as she walked down the sidewalk in front of the VMFA. 
Although she admitted to VMFA Security that the act was intentional, and there was video presented from VMFA security cameras that clearly showed her walking by and slinging the drink at our Flaggers, she changed her story when questioned in court and claimed the act was unintentional and that she only meant to pour the drink on the ground.  This after her attorney argued unsuccessfully that the act in itself was not battery.

Because of this, and the fact that she never looked at our Flaggers, or said anything to them when she did it, the judge found that there was reasonable doubt as to intent and dismissed the charges.

We also plan to explore the possibility of filing a civil suit in this matter. 
Overall, we are satisfied that we were able to get the conviction and that even though the other case was dismissed, the arrest and trial will serve as a deterrent not only for the woman involved in that case, but for any others who think that just because they disagree with someone or what they say, they have the right to disrespect or assault them.  We will not tolerate it and will continue to prosecute any such incidents to the full extent of the law.  For those who escape justice in the courtroom, we know that God will vindicate and leave the final judgement in His hands.
Finally, we still have charges pending against this man, Jonathan Romans, who has a history of spitting at our Flaggers and shouting and holding signs that say we are "KKK" members, and  prior convictions of curse and abuse.  Mr. Romans has four outstanding warrants currently, 3 for disorderly conduct and 1 for assault, but the Richmond Police have been unable to locate him to serve the warrants.

RICHMOND AREA RESIDENTS:  Please be on the lookout for this man and call RPD immediately if you see him. (804) 646-5100
 

2016/08/15

Danville 29 Bypass Cabell Memorial Battle Flag Documentary/Update

Danville 29 Bypass Gen. William Lewis Cabell Memorial Battle Flag Documentary/Update
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A crew from Sky High Poles raises the Commonwealth's largest Confederate Battle flag at a ceremony attended by over 700+ supporters on land leased by the Va Flaggers adjacent to US Rt. 29, just north of Danville, Va, July 23rd, 2016, Photo Courtesy Judy Smith Photography
If you are driving on route 29 near Danville, you can't miss the World's largest Confederate Battle flag on the side of the road.
Standing at one hundred and nineteen feet tall and 30 feet by 50 feet in dimension, there is no confederate battle flag which can rival it.
This is the 14th battle flag installed near the last confederacy capital during the Civil War.
A group called the Virginia Flaggers decided to put big flags up all around the area after City Council of Danville prohibited flying the flag on city property.
"There are folks that want us to go away. They want our history to go away. They want that flag to go away, because they know what it really means and it really means resistance to tyrany and an over reaching federal government , and we're still fighting that battle today. This is our history, our heritage, and we're not going to lie down and let these people take it away from us," said Susan Hathaway, who is the founder of the Virginia Flaggers.
Though the flag is met with some opposition from the public, today there were no protestors at the ceremony.
The group says they have already been contacted by another Danville resident who wants to put a flag up and the group says they will not stop putting up flags any time soon.
 

Finally, sharing these great comments from a Danville resident, posted online. These words beautifully summarize the situation in Danville...and many other localities across America...
"For MOST it is about heritage, honor, and respect for their ancestors. They were ok with that taking place at the graves of the veterans and historic sites, but once the few places that had flags, statues, and monuments were attacked, their only recourse was to protest. The entire city of Danville stood as the LastCapital, not just the mansion, but preservationists were content with that one small monument in 40 square miles. I'd say they had already compromised as far as humanly possible. Are their protests big? Yes, but they (and their views) have been totally disenfranchised and eliminated. Their view and opinion is instantly disregarded by most and labeled hateful and racist ( before they can even articulate it). (The actions of) one idiot in SC with one picture buried in his Facebook posts was able to (be leveraged by others as an excuse to) destroy historic statues and monuments and change the names of streets, colleges, and sports teams. The COEXIST crowd doesn't really want that, they want inclusion, but only those who think the same."

‪#NeverForget‬
‪#ConfederateDanville‬
‪#LastCapitalCSA‬
  The 29 Bypass Gen. William Lewis Cabell Memorial Battle Flag as seen from the 29 Bypass .  Photo Courtesy Judy Smith Photography
Great turnout and meeting last night in Mathews, Virginia, with the Lane Armistead Camp SCV Camp #1772 at the historic Mathews Courthouse! Thanks to Commander John Anderton and the men of Camp 1772 for the warm welcome and generous support!

For our Cause!
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

2016/07/29

In The Wake of the Battle Flag - Answering the Critics in Danville

 

After Saturday’s wildly successful flag raising ceremony in Danville, Va, where over 700 people gathered in the sweltering heat and red clay dust to dedicate and raise the largest battle flag ever flown in the Commonwealth, press reports quickly spread across the country. Over a half dozen news agencies came to record the event, most assuredly looking for any trace of the “hate” and “racism” that the media and leftists have tried to smear us with, especially over the last 12 months. Finding no indication of anything even close to these sentiments, the reports, while sometimes factually inaccurate, were almost universally positive in the portrayal of what the reporters witnessed that day.

Even so, some of the local Danville flag haters and faux "news agencies”, frustrated by the fact that the event turned out to be one of the largest events in the Danville area this year, and that 700+ people came together, peacefully honored their ancestors, and left without incident or any display of hate or animosity, took to their blogs and social media to try and discredit the effort with the same old tired talking points.

My favorite is the one directed at me, personally, and is laughable. The reason, they say, that we (the Virginia Flaggers) have no business in Danville, is because we are not “from there”. Sound familiar? It appears that these Neo-Yankees are sharing talking points. I have said it before and I will say it again. Danville is the Last Capital of the Confederacy. As a 9th generation Virginian and the Great Great Grandaughter of FOUR Confederate Veterans who fought from, and for, Virginia, I have not only the right, but the RESPONSIBILITY to stand up and speak out when her Confederate history and heritage is under attack… in Danville, or WHEREVER it may occur across the Commonwealth and beyond. The double standard and hypocrisy is stunning. Civil Rights leaders are quick to travel across the country to any small town or big city where they perceive there has been injustice, and are welcomed with open arms and red carpet treatment, but Southerners are, apparently, only supposed to speak out about or protest injustice within the limits of the city or county in which they happen to reside....?

I even heard one “news reporter" comment that almost all the speakers at the event were from “out of town.” Apparently, he has no clue as to how a typical Confederate Memorial or Flag Dedication services is held. This event was so big, so well supported, and so widely anticipated… that we were able to have State and National leaders come and bring greetings on behalf of our heritage organizations. It was an HONOR to have the SCV National Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, under whose command the Danville SCV camps reside, come from his home in North Carolina. It was an HONOR to have the State President of the Order of Confederate Rose and the leader of the ANV Mechanized Cavalry travel from their home near Petersburg. It was an honor to have the SCV North Carolina Division Commander travel from his home. We had heritage leaders from South Carolina and North Carolina bring greetings, in addition to numerous LOCAL residents from the UDC, SCV Mechanized Cavalry, and the HPA. In addition, Danville residents led the Invocation, led the salutes, spoke about the life of General William Lewis Cabell, assisted in the Color, Honor, and Artillery Guards, and were given the honor of raising the flag. All 14 flag projects have been financed almost completely by contributions from Danville area residents, who also have done the lion’s share of the work in constructing and maintaining the sites.

Finally, there is the sentiment by a few flag haters, that, when all is said and done, we are just mean spirited people trying to “get back” at City Council for what they did. They wouldn’t really mind what we were doing (they say) if only we’d be “nicer” about it. Newly elected Danville Mayor Gilstrap echoed the sentiments of those who voted to remove the flag who continually tell us we all need to “move on”, now that the decision was made. Apparently, those of us who refuse to do so, are held entirely responsible for any conflict that has arisen since the flag was ripped down almost a year ago. Curiously, the matter came up repeatedly over the last ten years or so, and every time it did, City Council voted to keep it flying... and yet the flag haters never "let it go" or "moved on", but kept continually pushing to have the flag removed.

Where were these council members and community leaders then? Why didn’t they step up and tell everyone it was time to “move on” and leave the flag alone, when council voted to leave it alone as little as 9 months before the vote that FINALLY capitulated to the haters? As for the statements that we are “mean spirited” in our efforts...? Stuff and nonsense. Our behavior has been above reproach. If there were anything in our actions, words or deeds that was unacceptable or inappropriate, it would be front page news by now. There is nothing mean spirited about what we have done, but there is certainly, flowing within our veins, the same spirit of determination and refusal to back down that our ancestors carried into battle some 150 years ago.

I am utterly amazed at how our folks, who have a tendency to want to fuss and bicker among each other, have come together and stood shoulder to shoulder and pushed back to make all of this possible. I can’t help but wonder…to those who criticize our actions…what would you do, if City Council voted to take down a symbol of, or monument to, YOUR history and heritage…?

We stood in Council Chambers on August 6, 2015 and warned members that there would be serious consequences if they voted to desecrate our monument and break the agreement made with the HPA. Council members decided that pandering and capitulating to a few agitators was more important than honoring their word, the history and heritage of Danville and the wishes of the majority of her citizens. .

12 months and 14 massive roadside Battle Flags in Danville later, we have kept our promise…and we have not yet begun to fight.


Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

2016/07/01

New Weapon Added to Flagger Arsenal - Mobile Flagging Unit Makes Its Debut on the Boulevard



On the Boulevard today, the Va Flaggers gathered for our weeknight flagging, and for the introduction of the newest weapon in our arsenal....
The M.F.R.U...MOBILE FLAGGER RESPONSE UNIT!

This vehicle was a news station weather satellite truck in its former life.

Over the past several months, it has undergone a transformation, and has been outfitted to extend a 70' pole and fly a 10x15 flag!
There is still body, paint and detail work to be completed, but we wanted to give her a test run, and the results exceeded our wildest expectations.

 



This is a photo from the Boulevard, several blocks from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts:

The possibilities are endless and we are excited about the opportunity to take flagging to new heights in our fight to RETURN the flags...and RESTORE the honor.

We had a meeting last night after flagging, and with the restaurant owner's permission, raised the flag behind the restaurant.  Everyone got the chance to see the mechanics of the truck, and cars kept pulling in the parking lot to find the flag.  This was the view from Krispy Kreme Donuts on Broad Street, a few blocks away...

 
Have we mentioned...that flagging is FUN?!?!

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Va Flaggers
 

2016/06/27

DAWN IS BREAKING ON AN INDEPENDENT UK


We received the following commentary from a supporter, and are sharing, with his permission...

We are living in a truly revolutionary time.

Despite all efforts by the MSM, by virtually all other establishment powers, and by all the Armageddon types, Great Britain and the UK have walked back their marriage to the EU. This is the peaceful version of what the South tried to accomplish in 1861.  We were denied our wish for self-government, first expressed in Magna Carta, and the results have been nothing short of catastrophic for the entire world ever since.

Proponents of collectivists government would scorn me, but so what ?

Government with the consent of the governed took a giant step forward in BREXIT.  May lady liberty take many more steps, and not wait too long.

Lastly, as Jackie Gleason used to say, “How sweet it is !”  The BREXIT vote, 150 years later and on a global scale, vindicated Jefferson Davis when he said, “I am quite sure that the issues for which we contend will reassert themselves in future generations…”.  The efforts to suppress this vindication are seen all around us, from the denigration of southerners, to the disregard for our traditions, our monuments, and especially in the vitriolic attacks on the Confederate Battle Flag and its praiseworthy supporters, the Virginia Flaggers.

BREXIT blows it all out of the water !

This is not the end of the conflict, but it may be the end of the beginning which started at Runny Meade, stepped forward at Yorktown, was temporarily crushed at Appomattox, but has now gathered up its skirts once again and stood tall at BREXIT.

I cannot believe (yes I really can !) that the headlines on our papers are not as bold as they were in declaring VE and VJ Days.

DEO VINDICE !
Jack Turner, Beaverdam
 

http://www.richmond.com/news/national-world/ap/article_32db2eb9-aa50-5689-b54c-211b8eda4b45.html

"It's a vindication of 1,000 years of British democracy," commuter Jonathan Campbell James declared at the train station in Richmond, southwest London. "From Magna Carta all the way through to now we've had a slow evolution of democracy, and this vote has vindicated the maturity and depth of the democracy in our country."
"A lot of people's grievances are coming out and we have got to start listening to them," said deputy Labour Party leader John McDonnell.
Indeed, the vote constituted a rebellion against the political, economic and social Establishment. All manner of groups — CEOs, scientists, soldiers — had written open letters warning of the consequences of an exit. Farage called the result "a victory for ordinary people against the big banks, big business and big politics."

 Va Flaggers

2016/06/21

Va Flaggers: Danville Update: Va Supreme Court Responds/New ANV Flag for 58 Bypass


We received word yesterday that the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that it will not hear the appeal of a Danville judge’s decision that upheld City Council's removal of the Third National Confederate flag from a monument on the grounds of the Sutherlin Mansion.
A petition for re-appeal will be filed and we remain hopeful that one judge will see the validity of the case and the petition will be granted.

This is a minor setback, to be sure, but this fight is far from over. Justice will prevail and the flag will return. In the meantime, we are having all kinds of fun beautifying the landscape in Danville with Battle Flags!


Thanks to a generous gift from one of our supporters, we recently purchased SIX new custom-made Army of Northern Virginia Battle Flags!

We are proud to announce that the Danville flag crew has just raised the first 20x20 of these new flags at the Danville 58 bypass site, after completing some upgrades at the site, which included added security and the installation of lighting.



The Va Flaggers wish to thank all who made this possible, especially our special donor who helped provide the flag, and the flag crew in Danville who have worked so hard to install and maintain the 15 new flags that have been raised since the Danville City Council voted to remove one tiny Third National from the Confederate Monument on the grounds of the Last Capital of the Confederacy last August.
Stay tuned...more projects in the works...we have only just begun to fight!
Meanwhile, the Heritage Preservation Association (HPA) is in its fourth month of flagging the Last Capital.  Support is growing each week, and the HPA invites you to join them THIS Saturday, at 10:00 a.m, as they forward the colors in at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History.



#NeverForget


Virginia Flaggers

2016/05/27

Va Flaggers: More Massive Battle Flags Raised in Danville, Virginia

Early morning, Saturday, May 21st brought heavy rain to Southside Virginia, that tapered off just prior to the 10:00 a.m. scheduled start time for flagging at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History on the grounds of the Sutherlin Mansion, the home that served as the Last Capitol of the Confederacy.
The sun was shining by 11:00 a.m., when 54 folks had gathered on the sidewalk in front of the museum.  So many, in fact, that we were able to spread out and cover both sides of Main Street!




The Heritage Preservation Association (HPA) has been flagging in Danville every Saturday for the past 12 weeks.  A reporter asked HPA President Wayne Byrd how long they were going to continue flagging. His response was quick and firm "Until the flag is put back up!"
The response by Danville citizens was overwhelmingly positive.  Honks, waves and shouts of support came from most of the vehicles that passed by and we had good conversations with many pedestrians who stopped by to see what was going on.  Shortly after we arrived, a man approached with three dozen donuts.  He said he had driven by a few minutes earlier and felt compelled to come back and bring us a treat to thank us for being out there and forwarding the colors.


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We were thrilled to be joined by about a dozen members of Actbac out of Alamance County, NC.


Out of the many good conversations that day, there was one that was out of the ordinary.  It is not unusual for people of color to agree with us, and/or express indifference about our flags or monuments, but one black man who stopped to talk with us took it a little further than that. 



Mr. Lee had something on his heart he wanted to share and I asked his permission to share a bit of what he told us.  "It came down for a reason because it's time for us to stand up.  It's time for us to rise as Southerners."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IERZE3hIEE
The HPA will continue flagging each Saturday 10:00 a.m. - NOON.  Grab your Third National and join them as they forward the colors, educate the public, and remind Danville City Council that as much as they would like to "move on", there are plenty of us who will #NeverForget.




News coverage here:  http://wset.com/news/local/confederate-flag-supporters-rally-outside-of-danville-museum
After a quick lunch, we gathered to raise the first of THREE roadside battle flags that afternoon.
At the first site, which is on Hwy 58 in Danville, we were excited to have Rev. Dr. Herman White join us and help dedicate the 8x12 flag that will fly on a 30' pole.


Local heritage groups brought greetings and the crowd cheered as the flag was raised and dedicated to the Glory of God and in memory and honor of our Confederate heroes. 




From there, we headed north on 29, to the site of an 80' pole, to raise a 20' x 30" battle flag.






Once we left that site, it was just a short drive South on 29 and we reached flag site #3 for the day, #13 for Danville, and #23 in the Commonwealth. 

The final flag we dedicated was at the home of Mr. Anderson, and he brought out this photo of his Great Grandfather, Robert Anderson, a Confederate Veteran.






Mr. Anderson is a vet himself, and it was a real honor to dedicate the 13th Flag raised in Danville since August of 2015 to the memory of Private Anderson and all of our Confederate heroes. What a treat to get the chance to meet Mr. Anderson and what a poignant reminder that for so many of us involved in this fight...it's personal.


It was an incredible ending to an absolutely beautiful day in Danville.

These memorials were constructed and financed by the efforts of numerous local Danville citizens, who vow to continue to raise more flags until the historical flag is returned to its rightful and legally protected place on the grounds of the Last Capitol of the Confederacy.


Huge thanks to the Danville flag construction crew for their amazing efforts, and for the outstanding cooperation and effort on the part of the Danville HPA, SCV, UDC, SCV/MC, OCR and ANV/MC.

The 13 huge flags that now fly in Danville are a testimony to God's grace...and proof of what we can accomplish when we work together for our Cause!


There will likely be a decision on whether the appeal will be heard in the next few days or weeks. 

http://wvtf.org/post/how-confederate-flag-danville-could-affect-rest-virginia#stream/0
Va Flaggers

2016/05/11

Va Flaggers:JEB Stuart Portrait Returns to Display in Patrick County Building

Shortly after Patrick County Judge Martin Clark committed the disgraceful  act of having a portrait of Patrick County native and Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart removed from the Patrick County Courthouse, and following a swift and very vocal outcry of disgust with Judge Clark's action by her citizens,  the Patrick County Board of Supervisors voted  to display the portrait on the "Wall of Honor" on the second floor of the Patrick Veterans Memorial Building. The portrait has been restored and encased in special glass, and a new bronze plaque has been installed.



Tomorrow, Thursday, May 12th, the J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust will host an official and public unveiling of the portrait, on the anniversary of his death.  The ceremony will take place at 10:0 a.m. and will include Patrick County and town of Stuart officials, Stuart family members, and JEB Stuart re-enactor Wayne Jones, who organized and led a rally to protest the removal on the Courthouse steps shortly after the portrait was removed, and who will be a guest speaker at the event. 
The ceremony is open to the public. The Patrick Veterans Memorial Building is at at 106 Rucker St. in Stuart, Virginia.
In this case, the PC attempt by Judge Clark to remove a beloved hero and Patrick County son from public view failed miserably, and has led to the portrait being restored and put on display in another public building where it can be seen by even more citizens. 
Please take a moment to thank the members of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors for their efforts in having the portrait installed on the Wall of Honor, and their courage in going against the popular trend to dishonor our veterans. 
Contact info here:  http://www.co.patrick.va.us/county-supervisors

https://mtairynews.com/news/40582/stuart-portrait-to-be-unveiled
God bless the memory of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, and God Save the South!

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