They say a picture is worth a thousand words...The Lexington I-81 POLE IS UP!!!! After numerous weather delays, AND with rain moving in again tomorrow, and thanks to the assistance of several local residents and heavy equipment, a new 80' flag pole was SET today on I-81, just East of Lexington, Virgnia.
Following the ceremony, we will spend the afternoon flagging Washington & Lee University, so make plans to spend the day in Lexington, and join us on the sidewalk to protest the administration's decision to remove Memorial Confederate Battle Flags from the mausoleum at the LEE Chapel.
A W&L alumnus forwarded us a copy of a very poignant letter, published in the W&L Alumni Magazine, and gave us permission to share it with our supporters:
Washington & Lee University
7 Courthouse Square
204 W. Washington St.
Lexington, VA 24450-2116
Across the road leading to my house is the entrance to the Fort Valley, a 30 mile long, narrow, scenic drive through the majestic Massanutten Mountain in northernmost Virginia, between Front Royal and Luray. My ancestors were among the first settlers in this secluded, pastoral valley in the mid-1700’s.
There are six Cullers confederate soldiers buried in four separate family plots in close proximity about the center of the Fort Valley. Including my great grandfather and two great uncles. Great cousin Daniel Cullers enlisted when he turned 19 and was killed two weeks later at the 1st Battle of Manasses. My other great grandfather Stickley was shot in the throat at the Battle of Bull Run. Fortunately, he fell into the nearby creek and the rushing water cleaned out the wound. He spent the last year of the war in a Yankee prison camp, and returned home an emaciated skeleton.
We can trace several other related Confederate veterans on my grandmother’s married side as well as her maiden family. In addition, much of this area was burned out, looted and devastated – mostly by northern soldiers.
Those are the facts of history – and no matter how you attempt to twist around, distort, and tweak them – the historical facts remain immutable. And the fact of the matter is that the leadership of W&L University and the town of Lexington has succeeded in alienating a large number of the 70 million American descendants of those who fought for the Confederacy.
In view of your “politically correct” recent decisions, my regular contribution to the Annual Fund this year is going to the Virginia Flaggers. Although my contribution is but a drop in your bucket, it does add up over the past couple decades.
Congratulations on being named the 4th top college in the nation in Kiplinger’s Top 50 List. But please don’t grow too big for your britches – or forget your roots!
Robert M. Cullers
Class of 55
To Mr.Cullers, and ALL those whose generosity made this I-81 Lexington memorial possible, we offer our most sincere thanks, and pledge that with God's grace and the blessing of continued support, there will be many, many more to come.