Monday, June 27, 2016

Commentary on BREXIT and Freedom

We received the following commentary from a supporter, and are sharing, with his permission...

We are living in a truly revolutionary time.

Despite all efforts by the MSM, by virtually all other establishment powers, and by all the Armageddon types, Great Britain and the UK have walked back their marriage to the EU. This is the peaceful version of what the South tried to accomplish in 1861.  We were denied our wish for self-government, first expressed in Magna Carta, and the results have been nothing short of catastrophic for the entire world ever since.

Proponents of collectivists government would scorn me, but so what?

Government with the consent of the governed took a giant step forward in BREXIT.  May lady liberty take many more steps, and not wait too long.

Lastly, as Jackie Gleason used to say, "How sweet it is!"  The BREXIT vote, 150 years later and on a global scale, vindicated Jefferson Davis when he said, €œI am quite sure that the issues for which we contend will reassert themselves in future generations.  The efforts to suppress this vindication are seen all around us, from the denigration of southerners, to the disregard for our traditions, our monuments, and especially in the vitriolic attacks on the Confederate Battle Flag and its praiseworthy supporters, the Virginia Flaggers.

BREXIT blows it all out of the water!


This is not the end of the conflict, but it may be the end of the beginning which started at Runny Meade, stepped forward at Yorktown, was temporarily crushed at Appomattox, but has now gathered up its skirts once again and stood tall at BREXIT.

I cannot believe (yes I really can!) that the headlines on our papers are not as bold as they were in declaring VE and VJ Days.

DEO VINDICE !
Jack Turner, Beaverdam
http://www.richmond.com/news/national-world/ap/article_32db2eb9-aa50-5689-b54c-211b8eda4b45.html
"It's a vindication of 1,000 years of British democracy," commuter Jonathan Campbell James declared at the train station in Richmond, southwest London. "From Magna Carta all the way through to now we've had a slow evolution of democracy, and this vote has vindicated the maturity and depth of the democracy in our country."

"A lot of people's grievances are coming out and we have got to start listening to them," said deputy Labour Party leader John McDonnell.

Indeed, the vote constituted a rebellion against the political, economic and social Establishment. All manner of groups -- CEOs, scientists, soldiers -- had written open letters warning of the consequences of an exit. Farage called the result "a victory for ordinary people against the big banks, big business and big politics."

 Va Flaggers
 




Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Developments in Danville

We received word yesterday that the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that it will not hear the appeal of a Danville judge's decision that upheld City Council's removal of the Third National Confederate flag from a monument on the grounds of the Sutherlin Mansion.

http://www.godanriver.com/news/danville/supreme-court-rejects-flaggers-appeal/article_53ddbf0a-3727-11e6-b38f-bbcc4b4f7e9e.html

A petition for re-appeal will be filed and we remain hopeful that one judge will see the validity of the case and the petition will be granted.

This is a minor setback, to be sure, but this fight is far from over. Justice will prevail and the flag will return. In the meantime, we are having all kinds of fun beautifying the landscape in Danville with Battle Flags!

Thanks to a generous gift from one of our supporters, we recently purchased SIX new custom-made Army of Northern Virginia Battle Flags!

We are proud to announce that the Danville flag crew has just raised the first 20x20 of these new flags at the Danville 58 bypass site, after completing some upgrades at the site, which included added security and the installation of lighting.



The Va Flaggers wish to thank all who made this possible, especially our special donor who helped provide the flag, and the flag crew in Danville who have worked so hard to install and maintain the 15 new flags that have been raised since the Danville City Council voted to remove one tiny Third National from the Confederate Monument on the grounds of the Last Capital of the Confederacy last August.

Stay tuned...more projects in the works...we have only just begun to fight!

Meanwhile, the Heritage Preservation Association (HPA) is in its fourth month of flagging the Last Capital.  Support is growing each week, and the HPA invites you to join them THIS Saturday, at 10:00 a.m, as they forward the colors in at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History.



#NeverForget

Virginia Flaggers

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A Happy Saturday Story

Four years and seven months after we began flagging the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), the Va Flaggers are still on the front lines twice every week, protesting the forced removal of Confederate flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel, forwarding the colors, and changing hearts and minds. It has been a while since we brought you an update, and we thought we would share a story from this past Saturday.




We had a dozen Flaggers out on the Boulevard and the good weather meant heavy traffic and plenty of conversations, including this lady, who came by wanting a history of the battle flag.

We had a great conversation and she left with "ammo" (that's what we call the literature we distribute) including Rev. Weaver's "Truth about the Confederate Battle Flag" CD, and was very appreciative. We suggested she visit the UDC for more information, since the HQ was open to the public that day. Imagine our surprise when she came back by some time later and we learned that she actually went the extra mile and followed our suggestion to go the UDC. She found Teresa Roane there, had a great follow-up conversation with her, and seemed really excited to learn more!

This is just one example of the many opportunities we have to share the truth about the Confederate Veterans who lived and died on the grounds of the Old Soldiers' Home, and the flags under which they fought, each and every time we forward the colors on the Boulevard.




We also wanted to share this great comment , which was posted the FaceBook page post from flagging the VMFA on Saturday, by a resident of the museum district. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. :)

"I live across the street and have been stuck at home sick for three days. At first I was angry because people kept honking their horns--until I realized that they were honking in support of the Flag! Long may it wave! (And for that guy whose car horn plays Dixie--you rule!!!) "

God bless those willing to open their hearts and minds to truth and reason, and God bless the Flaggers who forward the colors and provide the opportunity.

RETURN the flags! RESTORE the honor!

Barry Isenhour 

Va Flaggers

Friday, May 27, 2016

A Fine Day for Honoring Heroes In Danville

Early morning, Saturday, May 21st brought heavy rain to Southside Virginia, that tapered off just prior to the 10:00 a.m. scheduled start time for flagging at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History on the grounds of the Sutherlin Mansion, the home that served as the Last Capitol of the Confederacy.

The sun was shining by 11:00 a.m., when 54 folks had gathered on the sidewalk in front of the museum.  So many, in fact, that we were able to spread out and cover both sides of Main Street!




The Heritage Preservation Association (HPA) has been flagging in Danville every Saturday for the past 12 weeks.  A reporter asked HPA President Wayne Byrd how long they were going to continue flagging. His response was quick and firm "Until the flag is put back up!"

The response by Danville citizens was overwhelmingly positive.  Honks, waves and shouts of support came from most of the vehicles that passed by and we had good conversations with many pedestrians who stopped by to see what was going on.  Shortly after we arrived, a man approached with three dozen donuts.  He said he had driven by a few minutes earlier and felt compelled to come back and bring us a treat to thank us for being out there and forwarding the colors.


We were thrilled to be joined by about a dozen members of Actbac out of Alamance County, NC.


Out of the many good conversations that day, there was one that was out of the ordinary.  It is not unusual for people of color to agree with us, and/or express indifference about our flags or monuments, but one black man who stopped to talk with us took it a little further than that.



Mr. Lee had something on his heart he wanted to share and I asked his permission to share a bit of what he told us.  "It came down for a reason because it's time for us to stand up.  It's time for us to rise as Southerners."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IERZE3hIEE

 The HPA will continue flagging each Saturday 10:00 a.m. - NOON.  Grab your Third National and join them as they forward the colors, educate the public, and remind Danville City Council that as much as they would like to "move on", there are plenty of us who will #NeverForget.




News coverage here: http://wset.com/news/local/confederate-flag-supporters-rally-outside-of-danville-museum

After a quick lunch, we gathered to raise the first of THREE roadside battle flags that afternoon.

At the first site, which is on Hwy 58 in Danville, we were excited to have Rev. Dr. Herman White join us and help dedicate the 8x12 flag that will fly on a 30' pole.



Local heritage groups brought greetings and the crowd cheered as the flag was raised and dedicated to the Glory of God and in memory and honor of our Confederate heroes.




From there, we headed north on 29, to the site of an 80' pole, to raise a 20' x 30" battle flag.
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Once we left that site, it was just a short drive South on 29 and we reached flag site #3 for the day, #13 for Danville, and #23 in the Commonwealth. 

The final flag we dedicated was at the home of Mr. Anderson, and he brought out this photo of his Great Grandfather, Robert Anderson, a Confederate Veteran.




Mr. Anderson is a vet himself, and it was a real honor to dedicate the 13th Flag raised in Danville since August of 2015 to the memory of Private Anderson and all of our Confederate heroes. What a treat to get the chance to meet Mr. Anderson and what a poignant reminder that for so many of us involved in this fight...it's personal.



It was an incredible ending to an absolutely beautiful day in Danville.

These memorials were constructed and financed by the efforts of numerous local Danville citizens, who vow to continue to raise more flags until the historical flag is returned to its rightful and legally protected place on the grounds of the Last Capitol of the Confederacy.

Huge thanks to the Danville flag construction crew for their amazing efforts, and for the outstanding cooperation and effort on the part of the Danville HPA, SCV, UDC, SCV/MC, OCR and ANV/MC.

The 13 huge flags that now fly in Danville are a testimony to God's grace...and proof of what we can accomplish when we work together for our Cause! Legislative update on yesterday's hearing before the Supreme Court Write Panel:

http://www.godanriver.com/news/danville/appeal-argued-before-virginia-supreme-court-in-confederate-flag-controversy/article_504ab938-2205-11e6-b53a-639571083cb3.html

There will likely be a decision on whether the appeal will be heard in the next few days or weeks.

http://wvtf.org/post/how-confederate-flag-danville-could-affect-rest-virginia#stream/0 

 Virginia Flaggers

P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Handiwork of Heritage Haters

Just in case you needed another example of how the heritage haters will lie, steal, and slander good people in their vile attempts to further their Godless agenda, take a look at this meme, created and posted on the web a few hours by Kristopher Goad AKA "Goad Gatsby", a Richmond area agitator and "social justice warrior".

Mr. Goad illegally removed the trademark watermark from a photo from Judy Smith photography and added the wording shown below in white, claiming the gentleman in the photo is giving a "nazi salute" and has a "Neo-nazi" tattoo on his arm.

Obviously, the gentleman in the photo is waving back at one of the hundreds of Danville citizens who honked, waved, and gave us thumbs up and appreciation for our efforts yesterday. The tattoo on his arm...? That's a memorial to his wife, who died of cancer, as can be plainly seem when the photo is enlarged.


Yesterday in Danville, hundreds of good folks came together to promote our heritage and raise 4 new beautiful battle flags. After looking through the thousands of photos that have been posted, and finding none of the hate he so desperately needs to further his agenda, Mr. Goad decided to use the Internet and a photo editing tool to "create" it.

Congratulations, Toad. Although your attempt to slander a good man and intimidate heritage supporters has failed miserably, the very public exposure of your theft, lies and slander have once again helped to highlight the very real difference between us...and you and your ilk, who have no concept of the virtues of honor and truth.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WURdo-BjWTc&feature=youtu.be

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AcifeUNTE7E

‪#‎HeritageOfHonor‬
‪#‎winning‬

Virginia Flaggers

P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

Monday, May 16, 2016

On The Future of Confederate Memorial Day Ceremonies

A certain unemployed high school history teacher/blogger/Confederate hating amateur "historian" has declared that we are fast approaching "one final Confederate Memorial Day celebration".

Really? Where has this man been over the past month? Our service at Oakwood last Saturday had over 200 in attendance, which was DOUBLE the attendance of the year before, which was double the year before that, which was the first year the service has been held in years. Our newsfeed is FLOODED with reports and photos of ceremonies and events across the South...more than we've ever seen before, and on any given weekend, we have to decide WHICH Confederate event to attend because there are several to choose from.


Then again, it's really hard to take anything he says seriously, considering his track record on predictions. After all, this is the same man who once said:

"Prediction: There will be no Confederate flag on I-95 near Richmond" ... Kevin Levin Aug 18, 2013.

Hey Kev...how'd that work out for ya?

Here's the thing...we aren't going anywhere, and we will not, as much as you apparently would like to see it happen, let our veterans be forgotten. But PLEASE keep it up. With every attack and ridiculous post like yours, our numbers grow as does our determination to prove you, and the handful of other haters like you, wrong...AGAIN!
#winning

Susan Hathaway
Virginia Flaggers

P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

Photo: Confederate Memorial Day Service, Oakwood Confederate Cemetery, Richmond, Va. 5-7-2016 Courtesy of Judy Smith Photography

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Susan Hathaway's remarks to Charlottesville City Council, Monday April 18, 2016

"Good evening Mayor Signer, Councilmen. My name is Susan Hathaway and I live in Sandston.

I could easily stand before you tonight and spend my three minutes talking about the honor of Robert E. Lee, or the valor and sacrifice of the Confederate soldiers who served under him, or the fact that the War Between the States was NOT fought to keep anyone enslaved, or the fact that this onslaught of PC revisionism has absolutely nothing to do with perceived "racism" or "white supremacy"...but you all know this and choose to ignore facts in favor of hysteria.

What I hope does get your attention is money...and the fact that you and the citizens of Charlottesville will need to be prepared to spend a lot of it to defend the lawsuits that will be filed if you insist on continuing with your plans to tear down or alter any Confederate memorial. Thankfully, the removal of war monuments and memorials STILL violates Virginia law, even with the Governor's veto of a bill that would have provided clarification. There is little doubt that the Va Supreme Court will affirm this in a pending lawsuit. It is good to know that our legislators have put such measures in place so that our Vietnam Veterans, several of whom are with us tonight, will not have to face having their memorials removed if/when the winds of political correctness shift against them in a town such as this one and the elected officials decide THEY are no longer worthy of respect.

I noted with great interest the comments of one of your councilmen, as reported in the local press. No doubt, in response to the overwhelming pushback against the call to dear down the memorial, it appears she is grasping for straws in attempts to rationalize your attempts to cleanse all things Confederate from the city. It is reported that this councilmen stated that Lee and Jackson were not FROM Charlottesville, suggesting that the statues are not relevant to the community. Now this is true...R.E. Lee was not FROM Charlottesville but neither are most of you who sit on city council and claim to speak for her citizens!

To claim that a community should only honor those who are "from there" is ludicrous. Certainly, Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln were not "from" South Dakota, either. Are you suggesting that Mt. Rushmore needs to be sandblasted since it has no "relevance" to that community? Charlottesville sent her sons, brothers, and fathers off to defend the Commonwealth, and those boys and men served and died under the leadership of Robert E. Lee. If you even needed "local relevance" it is there, in abundance.

It is comical, at best, when our opposition, finding no other argument with our facts or reasoning, resorts to saying we are "outsiders" and therefore we should have no say in what is happening in any other locality other than the one in which we reside. Some of you are quick to use it to dismiss us, and sadly, even some who should be standing with us have taken the bait.

The fact is that I am a 9th generation Virginian and FOUR of my Great-Great Grandfathers fought under General Robert E. Lee in the Army of Northern Virginia. My ancestors earned, and the constitution guarantees me the right to speak up and speak out against the tyrannical and illegal attempt to remove ANY Confederate memorial, and I certainly will do so when one dedicated to the memory of Robert E. Lee less than an hour from my home is under attack. The majority of the members of City Council are not even from Virginia. YOU are the "outsiders", not us.

I will close with one last suggestion. If you are determined, as it appears by the paper released regarding the creation of this commission, to remove any and all things deemed "offensive", you had best begin plans to rename this city, and secede from the Commonwealth, as "Charlottesville" and "Virginia" need to go, as well. Queen Charlotte herself was a white supremacist, owned millions of slaves, was a close friend of Marie Antoinette and clearly, as a Monarach, was an oppressor of mankind. Virginia was named after another Queen, also a slaveholder and oppressor of Irish and African alike. Sound ridiculous? It is...just like what you are trying to do here tonight.

Stop the madness. Honor all veterans. Allow all of your citizens to honor and celebrate their heritage. True diversity and inclusiveness is not achieved by destroying the history and heritage of one group of people in order to pacify another."
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Facebook stats in the first 24 hours after the remarks were posted to the Virginia Flaggers' Facebook page. Comments were overwhelmingly supportive.



The Virginia Flaggers

P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com