Words cannot adequately convey the depth of our gratitude for the outpouring of support for our Third Anniversary Picnic/Auction. We were overwhelmed by the number of items received for the auctions and raffle... from supporters from New York to Texas! The picnic would not have been possible without the dozens of folks who helped with food prep, set up, organizing and leading activities, and clean up. Last but not least, we owe a deep debt of gratitude to those who attended, from all across the South, helping to make it our largest gathering yet, and generously bidding on the items donated. It was such a privilege and honor to have the opportunity to visit with so many Flaggers and supporters, and meet new folks who came to find out what we are all about.
Our goal was to raise enough money to order an additional flag for the Fredericksburg site, so that we would have an extra to use when repairs are needed, etc. Initial numbers from last night’s event show that we not only met that goal, but we exceeded it…by AT LEAST threefold…and the final tally will not be known for a few more days.
The final item auctioned was the first flag flown at the Chester I-95 Memorial Flag Site, raised one year ago yesterday, a 10' x 15' AOT. It sold for a high bid of $200. After the auction, the gentleman who won the bid, one of our most dedicated Flaggers, quietly told me that he was donating the flag BACK TO THE VA FLAGGERS, to be auctioned again.
To say I was moved by his generosity and commitment to the Cause is an understatement. "Who could not conquer with such troops as these..?" General Thomas J. Jackson, CSA
We could not have asked nor hoped for a better celebration of our Third Anniversary and the First Anniversary of the I-95 Memorial Battle Flag at Chester. To each and every one of you who had a part in making it, and our first three years, such an amazing success, we THANK YOU, and covet your prayers and continued support as we embark on our fourth year, with our spirits uplifted, our hearts full, and with a renewed determination to continue to forward the Colors and defend the honor of our Confederate Ancestors.
God bless you all, and God Save the South!