Flagging Week 5 10/28/2011
Some of the participants of the October 28 flagging of the VMFA gather in front of the Pelham Chapel for a photo.
Despite cold temperatures, rain, and even sleet, yesterday was a great day in the Capital of the Confederacy. 15 folks from as far away as Georgia, North Carolina, and points all over Virginia gathered to line the Boulevard in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with Confederate flags. From 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, we talked with pedestrians, VMFA employees, reporters and let anyone within earshot know what the VMFA has done and that we are not going away until the flags are returned to the Chapel.
Reaction was positive for the most part, with more conversations held and literature distributed than in the first 4 weeks combined.
During the day, Billy and I made visits to the Executive Offices and I have secured an appointment to sit down with VMFA officials on Monday, October 31 to discuss the situation. Late yesterday afternoon, many of us received a form letter from the director, giving their excuses about why the flags were removed. If you wrote an email, letter, or called the VMFA, THANK YOU...and please keep the calls and letters coming.
Special shout out to all of the Va Flaggers who joined us yesterday... including Tar Heels Jamie Funkhouser and Lori Woollen Dodson, who brought snacks to share, Tripp Lewis for generously providing pizza for all participants, and Billy Bearden for traveling all the way from Georgia to join us and give leadership. I met and now count among my friends some terrific men from the Mechanized Cavalry and SCV units from all over Virginia, and enjoyed a great day with friends...old and new!
This is just the beginning of what could be a lengthy campaign. More volunteers were recruited yesterday, and those who attended for the first time are eager to return. We will step up our presence at the VMFA, with Va Flaggers present throughout the week and weekends, to make sure they understand we are serious in defending the honor and memory of our ancestors and our flags. Please stay tuned for more opportunities to join us, remember our efforts in your prayers, and keep up the calls and letters! ~ Susan