Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Va Flaggers: Va War Memorial Flag/Veterans Presentation

Several months ago, someone stopped by the Chester I-95 Memorial Battle flag site,  and asked if we would be interested in a big flag that she had received but could not use. Of course, we replied YES! When we received the flag, we were a bit surprised to find that it was a very large, like new, U.S. Flag.

We reached out to the folks at the Virginia War Memorial and found out that it was the right size for the flag that is flown in their outdoor display.  We contacted them about making a donation of the flag in memory of Sgt. Cliff Troutman, and in honor of the Veterans in our organization. They accepted our offer and agreed to open the facility to us on Tuesday evening, December 9th for the presentation.

We had the flag cleaned, courtesy of Hawthorne Cleaners in Highland Springs,  and grommets added, courtesy of Festival Flags in Richmond and arrived a little early tonight to take some photos in the shrine area.  For those of you who have never been, the Va War Memorial is a beautiful memorial, with the names of Virginia's war dead etched in glass or stone in the shrine, and an educational annex with exhibits, auditoriums, and meeting spaces.  http://www.vawarmemorial.org/VAWM/default.aspx


The Va Flaggers were honored to be present, on what we consider hallowed ground for this ceremony.  As an organization whose main purpose is to honor Virginia's war dead, we feel a deep and profound connection with the Va War Memorial, and their mission to ensure that ALL of the men and women of the Commonwealth who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom, will never be forgotten.

OUR VETERANS!



The flag, along with a donation, were given in honor of our veterans and in memory of Sgt. Cliff Troutman, USMC, Vietnam Vet, and Virginia Flagger.

Sgt. Troutman was, and still is, an inspiration to all who knew and loved him.  His devotion to God, Country, and the memory of his Confederate ancestors was an example to all, and his fierce determination to recognize and care for all of Virginia's veterans, living and dead, was unmatched.

While the Va Flaggers are dedicated to honoring the memory of Virginia's Confederate dead, we are proud to have, in our ranks, Veterans of the United States Armed Forces.  The were recognized as follows:


L-R:

Jon C. Hatfield, Executive Director, Virginia War Memorial

Jim Tingle, Sergeant, US Marine Corps Vietnam War Veteran
Karen Cooper, US Army

Jimmy Creech, US Army
Thomas A. Morris, Sr. US Navy, Operation Nimbus Star/Nimbus Moon Veteran

Jerry Howard, US Marine Corps
Marvin Stalnaker, Sergeant, Virginia Army National Guard

Hubert W. Cash, Petty Officer, US Navy, Sergeant, Virginia Army National Guard

*Lt. Col (Ret.) Al Bruner, US Air Force, Panama, Gulf 1, Serbia, Somalia, 9-11, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Nobel Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran

*H.V. Traywick, Jr., Captain, US Army, Vietnam War Veteran

*Not pictured

In honor of these, our Veterans, and in memory of Sgt. Troutman, we presented the flag to be flown on the site, and a donation to be used to continue the good and excellent work of the Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation.


The Va Flaggers would like to offer our sincere thanks to Mr. Hatfield and Mr. Jeb Hockman, Director of Marketing and Communications, Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation, for welcoming us to the site and working with us to arrange the ceremony.

More photos here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.392965237495434.1073742225.186485551476738&type=1 

God bless ALL our Veterans...and God Save the South!

Susan Hathaway

Monday, December 8, 2014

Va Flaggers 2014 Mechanicsville Rotary/Ruritan Christmas Parade

A slight chill, but a beautiful, sunny day yesterday greeted those who came out for the Mechanicsville Rotary/Ruritan Christmas Parade yesterday.

The Va Flaggers joined a large Confederate contingency that included the Capt. Sally Tompkins Chapter #2, Order of the Confederate Rose, Captain Wm Latane Camp #1690 SCV, Virginia Division United Daughters of the Confederacy, Edmund Ruffin FireEaters Camp #3000 SCV, Hanover Dragoons Camp #827 SCV, and the General W. C. Wickham Camp #2250, SCV.  Before the parade stepped off, we gathered as many as possible for a group photo:


We were honored to have Generals Stonewall Jackson (Greg Randall) and Robert E. Lee (George "Tex" Wells) leading our unit and they were enthusiastically received by the large crowds gathered along the two mile route.


We passed out over 700 stick flags, and still ran out well before the parade was over. All along the route we heard shouts of may I have a flag, please? Units behind us remarked at what a beautiful sight it was to see the streets lined with crowds of children and adults waving Confederate flags!



Rifle salutes from the Wm Latane Camp were a REAL crowd pleaser!


This little fella's Mother told us that as soon as he saw the men in uniform carrying the Confederate flags, he jumped up to attention and saluted, without any prompting...


All along the route, we were greeted with shouts of appreciation and when we led parade participants in singing "Dixie's Land", citizens joined in singing with us. 


For our Flaggers, it was a much appreciated and well deserved break from what can seem to be a constant battle against the haters and misinformed.  At one point, after receiving a particularly warm welcome from one large crowd, one of the Flaggers yelled to the other marchers "Who said Old Virginny was dead?", and someone in the crowd yelled back "NOT HERE!" which started another flood of applause and shouts of support! 





Many thanks to the parade organizers and all who participated in making this event so successful!  Mark your Calendars for the first Sunday in December, 2015, and let's DOUBLE the Confederate presence again next year! :)

The VaFlaggers



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sticks and Stones… And Why They REALLY Hate the Confederate Battle Flag

In 1863, Lincoln was losing an unpopular war and needed a "Cause" to rally his citizens, and convince Congress to continue funding his invasion of the Southern States. He found one in the issue of slavery.

The same man who, just two years earlier, supported an amendment that would have made slavery permanently legal if the Southern States would simply agree to stay in the Union, suddenly changed course and issued a proclamation that effectively freed slaves in territories over which he had no control, and left them enslaved in the locations where he actually had authority to free them.

A propaganda machine was set in motion, the effects of which were magnified with Yankee victory and subsequent subjugation, and continue to this day.

Even so, and in spite of their best efforts, there a still a great number of folks who know the truth and are not afraid to speak out. Losing its effectiveness over time, the "it's all about slavery" mantra needed updating.

It didn't take long for the enemy to find that new smokescreen... "racism". The fear of having that label applied was enough to make even some in our own heritage organizations cower, capitulate, and compromise to the point that the Confederate battle flag quickly became an endangered species, even at our own events.

These attacks have been deliberate and largely successful as a means to an end...one which has absolutely nothing to do with the American institution of slavery or "racism".

The Confederate Battle Flag is hated today for the same reason it was hated in 1861...because it is a universal symbol of resistance to tyranny and defiance of an overreaching and oppressive federal government.

Only when we find the courage and fortitude of our ancestors, and refuse to let these false accusations and fabricated labels deter us from our duty, will we effectively take back our heritage.

My Great- Great Grandfathers believed it was a Cause worth dying for. The least I can do to honor their memory and defend their good name, is stand up to name calling and derision.


"We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners..." Psalm 20:5

Susan Hathaway

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Va Flaggers W&L Chapel Desecration Update - An Anonymous Letter

Occasionally, we receive letters such as the one below, with no return address or signature.  This particular one is so full of misinformation and false statements, that we decided to share it and our reply here, in the hopes that the "anonymous" author, and anyone else who may have been misled, might see it and be educated.

The author's comments are in black, our responses in red...

"I was on the W&L campus this weekend.  I saw your people at the entrance to the Chapel lot and I saw the little flyer you were handing out in different places."  Good to hear!  Nice work, Flaggers!  :)

"My great great grandfather fought for the Confederacy and was killed at Petersburg." God bless him!  What SCV Camp or UDC Chapter to you belong to?

"Yours is a sad and puzzling effort.  Let's get the fact straight.

1)  There were NO flags in the Chapel for 60 years after Lee died, and no evidence that Lee wanted flags there".We are not sure what facts you are "straightening" here.  We have never heard anyone claim there were flags in the Chapel before 1930 and do not dispute that fact.  You claim there is no evidence that Lee wanted flags there.  We assert that there is also no evidence that Lee DID NOT want flags there, despite what the Chapel docents have been instructed to tell visitors.
 
"2)  The real flags were there for 60 years from 1930 until about 1990, NOT until 2014, as your brochure so incorrectly states." Actually, it was 1995 when the original flags were removed for preservation and restoration, as they certainly should have been, and reproductions were secured and put in their place, as they certainly should have been.  Our brochure states that the reproduction flags were removed in July of 2014, which is correct.

"3)  They were removed over 20 years ago by the MOC because they were deteriorating.  In their place, W&L got some commercial knock off/replica flags which have no more historical value than something I could buy in an Alabama K Mart." As stated before, we have no issue with the arrangement, made in 1993 between the University, the UDC, and the Museum formerly known as the Museum of the Confederacy, to restore and preserve the original flags.  However, you, Sir or Madame, are greatly misinformed if you believe the replica flags that were carefully placed were something that one could purchase at a department store.


As can be seen in the above photo, the flags were custom made to precisely replicate the unit flags that were removed for restoration.  They were and are of great "significant historical value", and as the flags of several units who fought under General Lee, completely appropriate as displayed in the mausoleum.

4)  W&L has removed these knock offs and is getting Real battle flags on loan from the MOC (now known as the American Civil War Museum).Yes, W&L has removed the replicas, but it has absolutely NOTHING to do with the plan to restore and preserve the original battle flags, which was a project started by former President Elrod, NOT President Ruscio.  Removing the replica flags was NEVER a part of that project, and is completely unrelated.  The flags were removed in capitulation to the demands of 6 W&L Law Students who threatened "Civil Disobedience" if the flags were not removed.  University officials have used the (1993!) agreement  as a smokescreen to cover for this fact, and, apparently there are those like you who have swallowed the spin... hook, line, and sinker.
 
4)  Those flags WILL be available for viewing and education in the Lee Chapel Museum; anyone who wants to see them can see them. Bravo!  We are happy to hear that the 1993 agreement and project is (apparently) coming to completion.  The Virginia Flaggers will be the first in line to get a look at the flags if/when they appear in the museum.  The conclusion of this project, however, had NOTHING TO DO WITH THE REMOVAL OF THE REPLICA FLAGS IN 2014.  The removal was a capitulation to the demands and blackmail of 6 students who the university obviously failed in their duty to instruct in the character and honor of Robert E. Lee.

These are the indisputable facts. On the contrary, your assertions have been clearly disputed above.

How is it possible that The Flaggers think there is a crisis and that anyone other than you is or should be outraged?  For starters, there are the thousands of letters, phone calls, and emails from outraged citizens, students, and alumni that the University has received since the blackmail letter was received in April.  Anyone with Confederate blood in their veins who is NOT outraged by this desecration is not worthy of his/her heritage, in our humble opinion.

You are accusing W&L of desecrating Lee's grave when his remains are on the floor below the room with his statue?!  Yes, we are.  The mausoleum above the grave is clearly intended as an extension of his final resting place.

 You are now calling Robert E. Lee IV out of line? Actually, what we said was we are disappointed that he would privately believe that removal of the flags was ok, and saddened that he would allow himself to be used by the University as a means to cover their deeds.  We stand by both statements.  His blood line is certainly one to be honored, but it is does not allow that he is free from criticism when it is due.

People south and north are laughing at you.  Oh...well in THAT case... (Sorry, couldn't hold back the sarcasm.)  We do what we do because we believe it is right.  No amount of scorn, especially from folks who have no clue what has happened, and no understanding of our heritage, will stop us.

You are feeding those who think the old and new South if full of reactionary nuts. One man's "reactionary nut" is another man's Patriot, and I know on which side my ancestors and I stand on.

 Please devote your time to something logical and productive. You saw us and received and read a flier...sounds pretty productive to me.

End your carnival act in Lexington. No. Believe it or not, there are those of us who refuse to be silenced by silly threats and PC hogwash.  We will not go away quietly and act like nothing has happened.  We will continue to do everything in our power to spread the truth of what has happened at W&L, and hold Ruscio and the administration responsible for their despicable act.

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The Va Flaggers will return to the LEE Chapel at Washington & Lee University this Saturday, November 22nd, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  We invite all to join us, and stand with us as we protest the University and educate students, citizens, and tourists.  204 W Washington St, Lexington, VA 24450

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Va Flaggers High-Flying Confederates

A reporter from Style Weekly contacted us today about a recent post on our FaceBook page, so we released the following statement, shared now with all:

"The Virginia Flaggers are pleased to present the following photos, taken during research, development, and testing of drones that were acquired recently to assist in our heritage defense operations.



In addition to assisting in heritage defense projects, we are excited about the prospects for their use in capturing and recording unique images and video at Confederate Memorial Services, ceremonies, parades, protests, and other events, which would be available to participants and as media releases.  We believe that the drones will also be helpful in scouting possible sites for additional Interstate Memorial Confederate Battle Flags, assisting with research on battle fields, and helping to record and research information from previously undiscovered or inaccessible cemeteries.

As we do with any operation, we are carefully testing the units and training operators, while researching all applicable laws and regulations to ensure we operate within the existing guidelines, and to secure the safety of our Flaggers, as well as the protection of citizens and property. 

As more testing and further development takes place, we will provide further updates and share additional information.

We hope you enjoyed these incredible photos from the Capital of the Confederacy, and invite you to consider lending your support to our heritage defense efforts. 

Who are we?  The Virginia Flaggers are citizens of the Commonwealth who have come together to stand AGAINST those who would desecrate our Confederate Monuments and Memorials, and FOR the honor of our Confederate Vetera
ns."

See the article here:  http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/high-flying-confederates/Content?oid=2138444


Susan Hathaway
Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

Friday, October 24, 2014

Va Flaggers Poll: Which Flag Should Fly At Savage's Station?

In July, the Virginia Flaggers raised a 52" x 52" version of the Army of Northern Virginia (ANV) Battle Flag on a 30' pole at Savage's Station Battle Field in Henrico County, Virginia, in memory of the almost 500 Confederate casualties of June 29, 1862.

The flag was starting to show a bit of wear, so when we went to change it out, we decided to run a 5'x8' Army of Tennessee (AOT) version up to see how the larger flag would fly.  In the photo below, the ANV version is on the left, and the larger AOT on the right. 




After some consideration, we thought it would be fun to let YOU, our supporters, have a say in which flag flies at Savage's Station for the next few months.  What do you think?  Let us know, and we will announce the results on November 1st, and let YOU decide which flag will fly at Savage's Station.


Which flag would you prefer to see flying at the Va Flaggers' Memorial at Savage's Station Battle Field?
52" x 52" Army of Northern Virginia Version Battle Flag
5' x 8' Army of Tennessee Version Battle Flag
poll generator 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Va Flaggers Update: Confederate Flag to Fly in Danville!

http://www.godanriver.com/news/danville/confederate-flag-to-stay-on-museum-lawn/article_fb83cf14-5a02-11e4-8fe4-001a4bcf6878.html
"City Manager Joe King announced today that the City Council will consider a resolution at its November 6, 2014 meeting stating that it has determined that under Virginia law, the City does not have the legal authority to remove the Confederate flag flying on the grounds of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. The City Manager received a September 30, 2014 letter from Cara Burton, Executive Director of the museum, conveying her board of directors̢۪ request that the City of Danville remove the Confederate flag. The November 6th resolution directs the City Manager to notify the museum Board of Directors that it cannot consider its request."
Information we received indicates that YOUR contact with City Officials made a HUGE difference.  We know that calls, emails, and letters were running 10-1 SUPPORTING the flag!

Last night, supporters filled the City Council Meeting, and spoke 10-2 in favor of leaving the flag. 

http://www.godanriver.com/news/danville/city-still-talking-confederate-flag/article_241a849a-598b-11e4-8309-0017a43b2370.html
"By the time council members walked out of their closed meeting and entered council chambers for the regular meeting, every seat was taken -- mostly by people holding Confederate flags."
http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/despite-no-vote-danville-city-council-hears-opinions-on-confederate-flag/29267372

Truly a joint effort, the Va Flaggers were honored to be a part of a group that included the local Heritage Preservation Association, Danville SCV and UDC, OCR, Mechanized Cavalry, and concerned citizens from Danville, across Virginia and the South who came together to stand against the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History's request to remove the flag from the Sutherlin Museum.

God bless all those who took the time to support the efforts in Danville...and God Save the South!












Susan Hathaway
Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com