At our CHRISTmas celebration last Friday night, it was decided that due to the VERY rainy forecast for Saturday, we would postpone our weekly Saturday flagging to Sunday instead, and it turned out to be an excellent idea.
The weather was gorgeous Sunday, and over a dozen flaggers gathered on the sidewalk
from 2-5 outside of the VMFA and were able to greet visitors attending the
museum AND and open house at the Confederate Memorial Chapel. Once again, we
welcomed first time flaggers, several of whom joined us after worship.
We had many conversations with passers-by and distributed literature detailing how the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts desecrated the Confederate Memorial Chapel by forcing the removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the portico. As is usually the case, most folks agreed that the flags should be returned.
After posing for a few photos at the Chapel, one of our flaggers was
approached by VMFA security guards who warned that if he went on the grounds of
Confederate Memorial Park carrying a Confederate flag again, he would be
arrested for trespassing.
More photos from flagging here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.294739223984703.1073741992.186485551476738&type=1
Thursday evening found the weather a bit cooler, but still 7 Flaggers made their way to the Boulevard to stand for the veterans of the Old Soldiers' Home. Traffic was very light, but there was no shortage of Confederate flags on display. A few months ago, one of our flaggers designed a 20 foot pole that is portable and secured to automobiles. Several flaggers now have the set up, and 5x8 flags can be seen all around the VMFA while we are flagging! ;)
2013 may be winding down, but the Va Flaggers are looking ahead to the New Year with renewed strength and determination to continue this vigil until the flags are returned to their rightful place on the Confederate Memorial Chapel. Even in our third year of flagging the VMFA, support continues to grow, and as much as you see us on the sidewalk, there is much more going on OFF of the sidewalk in our efforts to continually find new ways to engage the public and fight AND WIN the battle on new fronts.
CALL TO ACTION:
SATURDAY, December 21st:
9:00 a.m. - NOON Flagging the Museum of the Confederacy, 1201 East Clay Street
NOON - 4:00 p.m.: Flagging the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard
JOIN US...and be a part of those taking a stand for our Confederate
heritage! If you can't be there, please take a few minutes of your time to call
in support of the Flaggers. Call the VMFA at (804) 340-1405 and ask them to return
the Confederate Battle flags to the Confederate Memorial Chapel.
RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!
Va Flaggers Upcoming Events:
9:00 a.m. - NOON: Flagging the Museum of the Confederacy, 1201
East Clay St
NOON - 4:00 p.m.: Flagging the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,
200 N. Boulevard
9:00 a.m. - NOON: Flagging the Museum of the Confederacy,
1201 East Clay St
NOON - 4:00 p.m.: Flagging the Virginia Museum of Fine
Arts, 200 N. Boulevard
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014: Susan will be traveling to Lynch Station, VA, to speak at the January meeting of the Campbell Guards, #2117, Sons of Confederate Veterans. 7:00 p.m. Lynch Station Ruritan Club, 677 Powell Road. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/564428446959652/?ref=br_tf
Friday, January 17th - Saturday, January 18th, 2014: Lee-Jackson State Holiday/Flagging/Memorial Events, Lexington, Va. The Va Flaggers will be flagging Lexington all day Friday, for the Lee-Jackson State Holiday, and participating in the Memorial Services and parade on Saturday, with more flagging Saturday afternoon. We invite all to join us! More details soon. Event Page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/227559140750614/ Info from the Stonewall Brigade here: http://leejacksonday.webs.com/
Saturday, February 1st, 2014: Susan will travel to Statesboro, GA to speak at the Lee-Jackson Banquet, held by the Ogeechee Rifles, Camp #941, SCV. RJ's Restaurant, 454 South Main St. (US 301 S.) @ 6 pm for the meal, preliminaries @ 7 pm and the program immediately following. Seating limited to 125. Ticket information forthcoming at a later date.
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014: Susan will be speaking at the February meeting of the Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy Camp #2141, SCV, Fredericksburg, VA. 4:00 p.m., Perkins Restaurant, 10 Simpson Rd.
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014: Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the R.E Lee Camp #1589, SCV. Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant, 2401 Colony Crossing Place, Midlothian, VA 23112. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. and meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 20th, 2014: Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.
April 19, 2014, 2014: Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier's Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley's Brigade, SCV.
Saturday, April 26th, 2014: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM - 2PM
Contributions to the I-95 Memorial Battle Flag projects may be mailed to: