Thursday, June 22, 2017

Despite Growing Opposition, Richmond Mayor Pushes to Add PC "Context" to Confederate Monuments

June 22. 2017
Richmond, Virginia

Earlier today, the city of Richmond announced the formation of a “Monument Avenue Commission” to “help the city redefine the false narrative of the Confederate statues that line Richmond’s grandest Boulevard”.  The Virginia Flaggers are extremely disappointed that Richmond’s newly elected Mayor, Levar Stoney, has chosen to make war against the Confederate monuments that line Monument Avenue in Richmond and against the thousands of descendants of Confederate Veterans that they represent and honor, diverting precious resources and taxpayer money away from the real and pressing matters facing the Capital of the Confederacy, and creating division and disharmony in our community.

Thankfully, the Commonwealth has a law that protects ALL war memorials, and also prevents them from being altered.  Following the lead of disgraced New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Mayor Stoney has chosen to tow the PC line of the NAACP and SPLC, who have promoted the false narrative that our monuments and memorials are somehow tied to “racism, slavery, Jim Crow, and white supremacy.”  This false narrative has gained traction with the left, who has successfully used it to convince politicians to take up their cause of attempting to remove every trace of the Confederacy from public view.  Mr. Stoney appears to have caved to their pressure.

Poll after poll shows that an overwhelming majority of citizens of the Commonwealth oppose any removal or altering of War Memorials, and across Virginia, politicians who have supported such nonsense have consistently been voted out of office or lost their bid for election. 

Our monuments and memorials need no new “narrative” or “context” added to them, especially one based on the PC false narrative of the NAACP and SPLC.  Their meaning is carved in stone and has absolutely nothing to do with “racism, slavery, Jim Crow, or white supremacy”, and everything to do with honoring men who answered the call of the Commonwealth to defend hearth and home from invasion.

The Virginia Flaggers stand ready to vigorously defend these monuments, and the men they represent, from any and all destruction, removal, and/or alteration, and support for our Cause gains momentum with every petty attempt like this one where a politician looks to make a name for himself and gain political points with a very small percentage of their electorate.  Mayor Stoney would do well to look to Charlottesville, where City Council voted to destroy the Robert E. Lee monument, in violation of state law, and in the process plunged the city into chaos and racial division that locals say is unlike any they have seen in decades. Of the three councilmen who voted to remove the monument, disgraced Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy has lost his teaching position with Albermarle County and his position on the State Board of Education, Kristen Szakos has announced she will not run for re-election, and Bob Fenwick, who cast the deciding vote, recently lost his bid for his party's nomination for his council seat.

True diversity and inclusiveness is not achieved by destroying the history of one group of people, in order to appease the demands of another.

CALL TO ACTION!

The city has set up a website to receive public comments, www.monumentavenuecommission.org. Please visit the website and leave a comment asking them to leave the monuments alone.

CONTACT MAYOR LEVAR STONEY:
Mayor's Office
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Suite 201
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
Phone: (804)646-7970
Fax: (804)646-7987
Email: 
RVAMayor@richmondgov.com or levarstoney@gmail.com

Look for more updates about scheduled public meetings of the commission, and more ways to support our efforts here on the ground.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors To Decide Lexington 60 West Confederate Flag Appeal

In January, our organization installed a memorial flag on leased, private property along 60 West in Rockbridge County.  The flag was raised as part of the Lee-Jackson Day commemorations in Lexington.

Before we even raised the flag, local leftists and outside agitators sought to prevent the installation.  Pressure from these folks led to attempts to stop the construction and installation.  Even though we had previously installed poles of the same height in other sections of Rockbridge County and were told that NO BUILDING PERMIT WAS NEEDED, we were advised that if we proceeded with the installation, we would face fines and even imprisonment.  At the time we received the initial warning letter, the dedication was less than 24 hours away, and the only thing left to do was place the pole.  After VDOT visited the site and assured us the location was not in the right of way, we decided to proceed with the installation and file for the permit and address any issues relating to it at a later date.

We filed for the necessary permit and agreed to move the pole the few feet back from the road as requested.  We have been advised that the installation now meets all federal, state, and Rockbridge County laws and regulations.

Because this property is located in the Tourism Corridor Overlay, the submitted building permit had to have final approval from the TCO Board.  At its April 5th meeting, the board voted to DENY our application for installation, even though we had met every applicable zoning law and request.  In their denial, the Board claimed that the “proportionality of proposed structure and size of the proposed flag is not harmonious and is inconsistent with other commercial development in the area within the TCO District and that the said proportionality is neither consistent nor compatible with the purpose and intent of the Design and Construction Guidelines for the TCO, especially considering the location and distance from the corridor road”.

Throughout this process, Rockbridge County officials have gone out of their way to make the point that their attempts to deny the erection of this memorial at every turn has nothing to do with the fact that it is a Confederate memorial and flag, when, in fact, it is apparent that this is exactly why the installation received the full attention of  county officials.

Our legal team researched the referenced TCO District Design and Construction guidelines and found no discernible, objective guidelines for structures in the corridor.  Board members are free to decide issues using their own objective opinions, which is exactly what happened on April 5th.  There are no hard facts in the document that would define any size or height ration between any structure and another.  It is a totally subjective process that was tainted with political correctness and cowardice in the face of political pressure.

To subjectively claim that a memorial to honor Lee, Jackson, and all Confederate Veterans that is erected in keeping with every applicable zoning law is “not harmonious” with the guidelines of the TCO, with no specific guidelines to reference, is nothing more than back alley politics and a clear violation of the property owner’s first amendment rights of expression.

We have filed an appeal with the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors and have asked them to reverse the decision of the TCO Board and approve our application as submitted.  We cannot think of anything more "appropriate" than a memorial to Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson flying in Lexington, Virginia.

The Board of Supervisors meets tonight (Monday, June 12th)  and will consider our appeal.  Please take a moment to contact them today and ask them to approve our application.

Contact info:
John M Higgins  (540) 460-7079 buffalosupervisor@yahoo.com
Russell S. Ford (540) 460-6750 rford@rockbridge.net
David W. Hinty, Jr. (540) 784-0709 david.hinty@yahoo.com
Ronnie R. Campbell (540) 377-6148 southriversupervisor@co.rockbridge.va.us
Albert W. Lewis, Jr. (540) 570-5094  buster@mountainviewfarm.biz

If you are in the Rockbridge County area, please attend the 5:30 meeting and let your voice be heard!
Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 1st Floor
150 South Main Street
Lexington, Virginia 24450

We will keep you updated on the decision tonight, and the progress on the installation of several dozen new flags which have been inspired by the county's actions regarding the 60 West Memorial Battle Flag.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Alabama Governor Signs Historic Legislation to Protect Confederate Monuments and Memorials



Earlier this evening, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed SB 60 INTO LAW!

http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/05/gov_kay_ivey_signs_bill_protec.html

Thanks to all of you who contacted the Governor's office, and a special thanks to all those who had a part in making this possible.  Please take a moment and contact Governor Ivey and THANK HER for her courageous leadership in signing this historic legislation.

http://governor.alabama.gov/contact

Alabama now joins Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina in states with active legislation to protect our monuments and memorials.

The destruction of historic memorials in New Orleans by Mayor Mitch Landrieu over the past few weeks has seemingly awakened a sleeping giant and spurred citizens across the country to stand up and fight back, and likely helped to facilitate the last minute passage of this bill in the Alabama legislature.

Poll after poll shows that citizens are overwhelmingly against the destruction of historic monuments and memorials.  The disturbing images from New Orleans, the increasing violence on the part of the monument haters, and the seemingly non-stop attempts to divide and disrupt our communities with divisive rhetoric and false narratives have helped fuel a growing pushback by American citizens.

Congratulations!  God bless the good folks of Alabama...and GOD SAVE THE SOUTH!



Friday, May 19, 2017

The Truth Behind the Crusade to Destroy Confederate Monuments and Memorials



THE NATURE OF THE MONUMENT DESTROYERS 
By Connie Chastain

"The force behind the assault on Confederate heritage is the same force behind the attacks on President Trump. What we are seeing is an enormous psychotic episode, a colossal nervous breakdown by the ultra-left in America because their adored Hillary was defeated.
The left has always been destructive, increasingly so in recent years. But since Trump has been in office -- since late January -- where he has steadily razed the Obama legacy, they've been like an animal in the furious stage of rabies.
These people are not Americans. Leftists are socialists. They are the antithesis of Americans. They are destroyers. Since they cannot have our country and transform it into Socialist America, they will destroy it.
Destroying Confederate heritage is an early phase, a trial run, you might say. They have the same fate in mind for the legacy of the Founders... not just monuments and statues, but the very country they crafted. They want to destroy every aspect of the culture -- Christianity, the family, private property, education, historical memory, our cultural cohesiveness, our very identity as western man.
Western man. Man. Men. The left hates nothing the way they hate masculinity. From "feminism", which is not about equality for women but about hating and hurting men ... from feminizing industry, education, the military, church leadership, the popular culture, the government to the demonization of "dead white males" the left hates virility.
VIRILE, VIRILITY characterized by a vigorous, masculine spirit: manly character, vigor, or spirit; masculine energy, forcefulness, or strength in a marked degree.
Our Confederate heroes were some of history's manliest of men. Even in cold, lifeless bronze, Davis, Beauregard and Lee exuded a level of virility that shames Mitch Landrieu.
The nameless Confederate soldiers in marble and granite standing atop pedestals and obelisks across the South shame the typical leftist male -- the Michael Moores, the Morris Deeses, the brainwashed antifa, the mindless mobs, the spineless and weak-minded men, leftists themselves or influenced by leftism, who run government at all levels. The closest thing these men have to masculine energy and vigorous spirit is hatred. Oddly enough, this is the same fuel that energizes leftist women -- the Hillary Clintons, the Maxine Waterses, the Ashley Judds and the Madonnas -- as well.
As we craft and then implement our counter-offensive in the defense of our heritage -- and our continued existence and the future for our children (make no mistake, these are in the Left's crosshairs, as well) -- it will do us well to remember the nature of our attackers."
 
About the author:  Connie Chastain writes contemporary Southern fiction. Her author page at Amazon.com is found at this link: https://www.amazon.com/…/B002KL46…/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Confederate Air Force Buzzes SC State House With Battle Flag/Message For Confederate Memorial Day


FLYOVER BANNER HONORS CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Columbia, SC: Wednesday, May 10th,  from 11AM - 1 PM, a plane circled downtown Columbia in honor of Confederate Memorial Day in South Carolina. The plane pulled a large Confederate Battle flag with the message: "NO COMPROMISE! Vaflag.org"

May 10, (our back up flight day because of windy weather on Saturday), is Confederate Memorial Day in South Carolina chosen because it is the day in 1863 that Lt General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson died after losing an arm at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia.

Commemoration of the day Saturday 06 MAY in downtown Columbia began with a memorial service at 10AM in Elmwood Cemetery. Former US Senate candidate Buddy Witherspoon was the keynote speaker. At 11AM there was a parade along Assembly Street to the South Carolina Statehouse where South Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, held a noon Memorial Service in front of the Statehouse. Former State Senator Lee Bright was the keynote speaker.

This is the 2nd Confederate Memorial Day held in South Carolina since the Confederate Battle flag was so treacherously removed from the statehouse grounds by former SC Governor Nikki Haley and other members of the political establishment.

Working with our brothers and sisters in South Carolina, the Virginia Flaggers have placed 3 large Confederate flags on large poles near South Carolina highways, with more to come. Expect more flyovers as well!

We hope the people of South Carolina LOVE Confederate flags, because give us time - y'all are going to be seeing a lot more of them across the Palmetto state! DEO VINDICE

For more information about how you can help, please contact us - info@vaflaggers.com

Sunday, May 7, 2017

SCV Mechanized Cavalry Partners with Va Flaggers to Become Guardians of our Largest Flag Site


The Virginia Flaggers are pleased to announce a new partnership with the 8th Platoon of the 2nd Battalion, Co. A., Mechanized Cavalry, Sons of Confederate Veterans. The 8th Platoon has volunteered to serve as "Guardians of the Flag" for two of our sites in Danville, including our largest pole and flag on the 29 Bypass, the General William Lewis Cabell Memorial Battle Flag.
Not only have they been actively helping to raise and lower the flags at both sites, they solicited the help of their brothers in the 7th and 9th platoons to raise enough money to replace the worn flag  at the Cabell site with a brand new, heavy duty 31' x 51' flag over the weekend. This is a HUGE accomplishment, considering the size and cost of this flag!
Special thanks to Lt. Robert McDaniel for his leadership in making this happen, and to all of the men of Mechanized Cavalry who support us in the Commonwealth and across the South! The unparalleled success in Danville is a direct result of ALL of our heritage organizations pulling together to stand as one against our enemies. We are thankful for each and every one who gives of their time, talents, and gifts to forward the colors and advance our Cause.
If you would like to inquire about the possibility of volunteering to serve as a "Guardian of the Flag" at any of our 25 sites across Virginia, or for more information about how your organization or group may be able to assist, please contact us at info@vaflaggers.com


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Charlottesville Judge Halts Lee Statue Removal - Confirms Protection Under State Law



HUGE VICTORY in the Commonwealth  today as Charlottesville City Council is dealt a crushing blow in their attempts to tear down the Robert E. Lee monument in LEE Park.  Congratulations to all of those involved in the legal proceedings today!

http://www.nbc29.com/story/35306157/update-judge-issues-temporary-injunction-to-halt-lee-statue-removal

From our friends at Friends of Cville Monuments:

"In a marathon hearing lasting nearly 6 hours, Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Moore granted the request for a temporary injunction, prohibiting the City from removing the Robert E. Lee Monument for a period of up to 6 months - to allow the case to be tried. Judge Moore stated that he believes the Lee Monument falls under the protection of Virginia Statute §15.2-1812: "Memorials for War Veterans" because it is "clearly a war memorial." He further stated that the argument made by the City of Charlottesville that Virginia Statute §15.2-1812 doesn't protect monuments erected prior to 1997 "strains credulity." Followers of this page will remember that a Danville, Virginia Judge first asserted that the statute didn't apply retroactively to monuments erected prior to 1997 in a case decided in 2015.

The City can proceed with its decision to rename both the Lee and Jackson Parks, but for the time being, cannot do anything to disturb, remove, damage or deface this Registered Historic Landmark.

The City is still proceeding with its attempt to dismiss the lawsuit (that was not argued today) and we will find out June 19 when the court date will be set to hear their arguments for dismissal.

We will keep you updated if there are further developments, but for now, Lee and Traveller will remain in Lee Park (and yes, it will always be Lee Park to some of us, no matter what the City decides to rename it) - their home for nearly a century."
This early decision, confirming what we have known all along, should go a long way to quiet any rumblings of tearing down ANY monuments in the Commonwealth. The law is clear and the judge confirmed it.

Even so, this case is far from over and we are in no way standing down nor will we become complacent about monument protection in Charlottesville or across the Commonwealth.  As we file this report, our monument guards are on high alert in Richmond and patrols have been stepped up tonight in light of the un-American unrest, violence and vandalism across the country this week.

We have not yet begun to fight.

As we have said all along, the Lee statue is not going anywhere, and when the final decision is reached and the monument is safe, there will be hell to pay for the attempted removal.