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TWO New Roadside Confederate Battle Flags Raised in the Commonwealth This Week
The Lane-Armistead Camp SCV dedicated its first mega flag, while the 15th flag was added to the Danville skyline.
The Virginia Flaggers are pleased to announce the dedication yesterday of our 24th Roadside Battle Flag in Virginia, and the 15th raised in Danville since Danville City Council voted to strip the 3x5 Third National from the Confederate Monument on the grounds of the Last Capitol of the Confederacy.
In a private ceremony, an 8' x 8' Army of Northern Virginia Battle Flag was raised on a 40' pole on Mount Cross Road, and dedicated in memory of our dear friend, Mrs. Nancy Pritchett, a Danville native who passed away three months ago. Mrs. Nancy was a true Southern lady and a fierce defender of the honor of her ancestors and the flags under which they fought and died. In July, she dressed in full dress and brought her oxygen to attend the Cabell Flag dedication, despite failing health and temperatures over 100 degrees.
Winter weather did not prevent Nancy's friends and family from gathering for the dedication and those in attendance reported many honks of approval from passing traffic. Once the flag was raised, neighbors came by to shake the hands of the crew from Sky High Poles, and voice their approval for Danville's newest roadside flag.
This flag was dedicated to the Glory of God, in loving remembrance of Mrs. Nancy Pritchett, and in memory and honor of our Confederate heroes.
"The world shall yet decide in truth's clear far-off light That the soldiers who wore the gray, and died with Lee, were in the right."
Congratulations to the Lane-Armistead Camp #1772, who, one week earlier, on Saturday, December 10th conducted a ceremony to raise their first Roadside Memorial battle flag! The dedication took place at 11:00 a.m. near Saluda, in Middlesex county Virginia.
After a prayer given by Richard Morgan,the 56th Va. Infantry fired a 21 gun salute as the flag was raised and the Gloucester Artillery fired their cannon several times as Jeff Barbour played TAPS on his bugle. Around 60 people showed up on this windy,cold morning to watch the beautiful 8 foot by 8 foot battle flag raised to the top of the 38 foot pole.
The gentlemen of the Lane-Armistead Camp have let us know that this is the first of what they hope will be many battle flags that will be raised in the middle peninsula. They are actively seeking land for additional battle flags and we are thrilled to see even more flags rising to fill the skyline in the Old Dominion State!
Finally, we leave you with this additional bit of good news out of Mathews County. The School Board member who tried to stir up trouble in Mathews last year by writing the local paper to complain about Confederate flags placed on the Mathews County monument...RESIGNED THIS WEEK!
Her efforts had the opposite effect of what she desired, as local citizens were outraged at her attempts to interfere in the proper remembrance of their veterans, and quickly rose up to quash any discussion of prohibiting the placement of the flags.