Friday, August 8, 2014

LEE Chapel Update 8/8/2014

Last Saturday, the Va Flaggers returned to the LEE Chapel on the campus of Washington & Lee, to forward the colors, protest the removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the chamber of the LEE Chapel, and talk with students, tourists, and residents about the desecration of Robert E. Lee's tomb by the Washington & Lee administration.

Support was OVERWHELMING and included representatives of a Va Beach W&L Alumni group, who promised support, and dozens of conversations with people who vowed to start contacting the university in opposition to the flag removal.  We distributed many fliers and talked to many individuals and groups.



This time, campus security allowed visitors to wear apparel with Confederate logos and even carry flags on Campus.  Unfortunately, what we found inside the Chapel was heart wrenching, as the evidence of the desecration and the scars left behind are devastating:



In the meantime, we have heard from hundreds of you who have been writing, calling, and emailing W&L officials and we know that they have been overwhelmed by the responses, and hoping they can "ride it out" until folks lose interest.

We aim to make sure that never happens.  We know of alumni groups who are pursuing the matter with W&L leadership, and also have information that several entities are preparing to file legal action against the university.  We are also encouraged to have heard from students who are willing and eager to join us when they return to campus.

The Va Flaggers will be back at Washington & LEE, TOMORROW, Saturday, August 9th, 10 a.m. -6 p.m. ... forwarding the colors, protesting the removal of the flags, and educating the public. We are looking for some local flaggers to take up the Cause in Lexington, and others across the Commonwealth who will step up in the weeks to come, as we prepare for the students' return to campus and upcoming home athletic events. 

Join us at the LEE Chapel tomorrow for more information, and watch for more updates next week with new information and calls to action.

Good article here, worth reading and sharing... http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-confederate-flag-has-a-place-at-washington-and-lee/2014/08/08/ad0b86f8-1d74-11e4-ae54-0cfe1f974f8a_story.html


RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Barry Isenhour









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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

VMFA Update 8/7/2014

The Virginia Flaggers finished out July, and our 32ND month of Flagging the VMFA, with a strong showing, twice weekly on the Boulevard in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Even though we stretched our line, with troops on the ground at Washington & Lee, and at other events across the Commonwealth, we have not forgotten the FIRST Chapel desecration in Virginia, and the Cause that first brought the Va Flaggers together, almost three years ago.

Although museum traffic has been light recently, there have still been many opportunities for good conversations with museum visitors, residents, and tourists.




We are always looking for new ways to add more flags to the landscape, and new methods of bringing attention to the actions of VMFA officials...
 


For those of our supporters who have just joined this email list and may not be familiar with the situation at the Confederate Memorial Chapel, we offer the following summary:
Twenty years after Gen. Robert E. Lee rode into Appomattox and surrendered his tattered army, ending the War Between the States, a memorial chapel was built in Richmond in memory of the 260,000 Confederate soldiers who died during the conflict. The Pelham Chapel -- Confederate War Memorial is designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S., and has been granted the status of Confederate Monument by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The organ in the chapel was donated by a group of Union veterans from Lynn, Mass. One of the contributors to the soldiers' home that surrounded the chapel was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. And a Union private from Massachusetts donated his annual pension to support the home.

Confederate flags had flown over the grounds since the opening of the Old Soldiers Home in 1885. Those flags did not trouble the Union soldiers who donated the organ to the chapel; nor did they trouble Ulysses S. Grant. They were placed there by Confederate Veterans, to memorialize the Confederate dead, and honor the living.

Fast forward 150 years€¦on the eve of the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the War Between the States, June 1st, 2010, Confederate Battle Flags were forcibly removed from the Confederate War Memorial by a restriction in the lease renewal, at the insistence of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

This is in direct violation of Virginia law, which clearly states: it shall be unlawful for the authorities of the locality, or any other person or persons, to disturb or interfere with any monuments or memorials so erected, or to prevent its citizens from taking proper measures and exercising proper means for the protection, preservation and care of same. For purposes of this section, "disturb or interfere with" includes removal of, damaging or defacing monuments or memorials, or, in the case of the War Between the States, the placement of Union markings or monuments on previously designated Confederate memorials or the placement of Confederate markings or monuments on previously designated Union memorials. (§ 15.2-1812)

As citizens of Virginia and descendants of Confederate soldiers who gallantly answered Virginia's call to defend her, we demand that the VMFA remove these blatantly prejudicial restrictions and allow the Confederate Battle Flags to once again fly on the Confederate War Memorial.
We are committed to continuing our flagging efforts until the flags are returned.  Will you join us?  We will be forwarding the colors TODAY, Thursday, August 7th, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, on the Boulevard in front of the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA.  Bring your flag and come stand for our Confederate Ancestors and against VMFA officials, who have desecrated the Confederate Memorial Chapel.

If you cannot be there in person, PLEASE take 10 minutes to support the troops on the ground by calling the Director's Office at (804) 340-1502 and asking him to return the Confederate Battle Flags to the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.  He can also be reached by mail: :  Alex Nyerges
Director, VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220-4007 / Fax  (804)  340-1502 / and/or email:  alex.nyerges@vmfa.museum

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

TriPp Lewis
Va Flaggers









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

Fight Like Forrest REDUX

Although most of us on the front lines of heritage defense stopped visiting their blogs and ceased reading their nonsense long ago, many of you have been kind enough to let us know that several of the anti-Confederate bloggers/amateur historians have ratcheted up their vitriol and attacks against us over the last few weeks.

If it were not so pathetic, it might be comical to watch...as one of them even went to the extreme of creating a bogus poll regarding the removal of flags/desecration of Lee Chapel, in an attempt to lure Confederate Heritage activists to his site.

Brooks D. Simpson on August 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm said: "Oh, I know that the various heritage sites are rushing over here to vote. Of course, then they also see the post on Lilly Baumann. Sometimes you have to provide an inducement for people to visit."

Fraudulent profiles on FaceBook and other internet sites, misleading group names, designed to attract those of Confederate ancestry and now a fake "poll" created specifically to lure our folks to their hate-filled sites. We can only conclude that these folks are desperate for attention and/or site traffic and feeling VERY irrelevant. It seems that since all previous attempts to smear and defame us have failed miserably, they are resorting to deception and fraud in what appears to be last-ditch attempts to get SOMEONE to pay attention to their false accusations and innuendo, most recently attempting to link members of the Va Flaggers to a child custody/domestic dispute in Florida.

Another spent some time in Petersburg recently, and was apparently quite unsettled by our presence at the 150th Commemoration of The Battle of the Crater, so much so that the Va Flaggers have been the main subject of his blog posts ever since. The man who once predicted there would NEVER be an I-95 flag...
"Prediction: There will be no Confederate flag on I-95 near Richmond." K. Levin, August 18, 2013
...reports that he made a point to ask for directions to the Chester Memorial Battle flag site, and acknowledged that his only disappointment was that there was no wind blowing to lift the flag at the time he stopped by. What he is really upset about is the fact that we dared to offer an alternative to his "version" of events at The Crater, and that Park officials and visitors welcomed us and allowed us to share the truth before, during and after events last week. (Watch for an update soon with some very exciting news on this subject!)

These folks have tried (and failed) over and over to connect us with everything from "white supremacists" to "child abusers" to "kidnappers", ALL because we disagree with their version of OUR history and refuse to sit by quietly while THEY determine how we will honor and remember our ancestors. It has been almost three years since we first stepped onto the sidewalk in Richmond, and not only are we still standing, despite their repeated predictions of doom and gloom, but we are moving forward with renewed strength and support that grows daily, as more and more folks choose to take a stand.

Letter received, today, with gift:
"Dear Va Flaggers, Please accept this gift in honor of my fallen Confederate ancestors. I fully support your efforts, and would be happy if someone would put up some flags in Northern Virginia to counter the oppression of our rights to free speech. I cannot remain silent any longer." - William W, Arlington, VA
I have been asked what I am going "to do" about these most recent attacks and the ongoing smear campaign. My answer? Nothing. These folks are only relevant when we give them our attention and we flatly refuse to do so. We have much work to do, and any time and energy wasted on dealing with folks like this who are twisted up with hate and contempt for all things Southern, only takes our focus off of the Confederate soldiers we are determined to honor and defend, and away from the front lines of the Southern Heritage battles we face every day.

Please take a moment to read "Fight Like Forrest, NOT Sherman", in the link below, which further addresses this issue. Although it was written several months ago, the sentiments contained therein remain unchanged.

http://vaflaggers.blogspot.com/2013/09/fight-like-forrest-not-sherman.html

Thank you all for your constant prayers and support. We are looking forward with great anticipation to continuing the work that has begun, and are excited about the prospect of several new projects on the horizon.

God bless you all, and GOD SAVE THE SOUTH!

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers










"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done..." Genesis 50:20

Photo: Confederate Monument and mass grave, Warrenton Cemetery, Warrenton, VA
Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

Monday, August 4, 2014

Memorial Battle Flags Projects Update

Subject: Letter-to-the-Editor - Writer frightened by the Confederate Flag

August 3, 2014
Editor, Richmond Times-Dispatch
300 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Dear Sir:

Another "born and bred Northerner," indoctrinated by a colossal propaganda mill, is frightened by the "divisive" Confederate Flag, adding that (yawn) the War was fought to end slavery. Please pay attention here. The War was waged by the North against Southern secession. The Confederacy was the American Empire's first conquest.

H. V. Traywick, Jr.
Richmond, VA
Photo: A large Confederate flag flies above Interstate 95 near Fredericksburg. (Yue Wu | The Washington Post)

The final week of July was a very exciting one for us in MANY ways, including several new and thrilling developments in the Memorial Battle Flags Projects.  In addition to the new pole and flag installed last week at Savage's Station, we received word of the possibility of acquiring several additional large poles at bargain pricing, and are encouraged and hopeful that we will likely be able to move forward much sooner than expected with one or more of the additional properties available and waiting for Memorial Battle Flag installations. 

Meanwhile, we are one step closer to having the Fredericksburg flag lit at night, as our crews were busy last week, putting the finishing touches on the electrical work...


ALSO last week, FOX News picked up a Washington Post interview with Va Flagger Barry Isenhour, and it was highlighted on its main news page.  Each time an article like this is published, we have the opportunity to present the true history and honor of our flags and the men who fought and died beneath them, and the exposure serves to recruit new supporters and foot soldiers in the Cause. 

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/08/03/confederate-flag-at-center-battle-between-group-naacp/

From the Washington Post report:
Aston Haughton, president of the Stafford County chapter of the NAACP, sees it differently. The flag, Haughton said, "symbolizes racism, oppression. It reminds people of the days of slavery.

When he drove past the flag, he was upset. So were a lot of people he knew, both black and white, he said. They pulled together a group to see what they could do about it. But the permits are legal, the property is private.

"We have to see if we can work it from another angle, he said. "Our mission now is to make sure they don't keep going county to county and keep putting these flags up.
Even so, and perhaps with even more determination, OUR mission has not changed. We plan to continue to raise these flags and memorials...across the Commonwealth and beyond.

Many thanks to each of you, whose generous support makes these flags and all of our heritage defense projects possible.

Please watch for more updates soon! 

God bless you all, and God Save the South!

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers










Gifts* to the I-95 Memorial Battle Flag projects may be mailed to:

Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
Payable to Va Flaggers

or through PayPal:
http://www.vaflaggers.com/i95flagdonate.html






*Although we are NOT a registered 501c3 entity, we are absolutely a "not for profit" organization, and every gift goes directly toward expenses for our Interstate Battle Flag and Heritage Defense projects. There are no salaries or benefits paid to any member(s) of our organization, most of whom work full-time jobs, and give freely of their time, talents, and resources to further the Cause for which we stand.


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

Tallassee Armory Guards Camp 1921 Raise Interstate Battle Flag!

Congratulations to the Tallassee Armory Guards Camp #1921, SCV, who raised a Battle Flag on Highway 63 in Alabama this past Saturday, August 2nd. 

(See attached PDF for photos and details)

I first heard of the plans for this flag when I visited with the camp last year, and am so excited to hear that the project is completed.  I can't wait to get back down there and see her flying!

God bless the men of the Tallassee Armory Guards!

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers











Attachment:
Tallassee Armory Guards Camp 1921 -- It’s finally flying!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Confederate flag for Savage's Station!

On June 29th, the anniversary of the battle of Savage's Station, a young man placed a single stick battle flag at the marker commemorating the event, and in honor and memory of his 8 Confederate ancestors who fought there to defend hearth and home from unwarranted invasion.


He was disheartened when the flag was removed just a few short days later. Over the course of the next few weeks, he replaced the flag several times, and each time, it was stolen. He then began placing flags on all five markers, and labeling them with a note listing the name of his ancestor, explaining that flag was left in his memory, and asking them not to be removed. Again, the flags were stolen.


After replacing them several times, over several weeks, the young man contacted the owner of the land, adjacent to the markers, and the very land on which the battle was fought, and acquired permission to erect a pole and Confederate flag on his property, just a few feet behind the markers.


A pole was quickly acquired by donation, and a flag was raised TODAY... a living breathing, 24/7/365 reminder to all who visit the battle field, of the honor and valor of the Confederate soldiers whoƂ fought and died there. Special 54 x 54 ANV flags are on order, and will be installed by the end of the week.

This young flagger says he got his inspiration when he saw the Confederate flag that was erected on private land just behind the Federal Monument at Point Lookout. We cannot express our pride and gratitude for his dedication and perseverance, and the fact that, instead of giving up, he found a way to turn his anger, and the misconduct of others, into a true victory for the Confederate soldier!

God bless this young Fire-Eater, and GOD SAVE THE SOUTH!

Susan Hathaway


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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

W&L Denies, then Admits Incident with 15 Year Old DID Take Place...

Almost as soon as the story broke of the 15 year old boy who was forced to remove his shirt, cap, and name badge because they contained images of the Confederate flag before being allowed to visit the LEE Chapel Saturday, several amateur historians/bloggers immediately called his story false, labeled it a "publicity stunt"  and used it to continue their campaign of slander and false attacks against the Va Flaggers and the SCV. 

At the same time, when asked for a statement by the press, W&L officials DENIED THE INCIDENT EVER TOOK PLACE, effectively joining the bloggers in their chorus of hate, and calling the boy a liar.

"Meanwhile, university officials initially denied the allegations being brought against it. Brian Eckert, the spokesperson for Washington and Lee, stated there is no indication the incident took place."

http://www.wsls.com/story/26129469/sons-of-confederate-veterans-demand-apology-from-washington-lee

However, on Tuesday the University admitted that because of "safety" reasons they forced 4 people "not to carry or wear Confederate flags or emblems on the campus."

We never ONCE doubted the honesty or integrity of this young man! SHAME ON Washington & Lee for trying to cover up their misconduct, and for impugning the character of a 15 year old boy! HE told the truth.  THEY did not.  Is it any wonder such men have no regard for the honor and integrity of Robert E. Lee?

http://vaflaggers.blogspot.com/2014/07/update-washington-leelee-chapel-flags.html

CALL TO ACTION!

Please contact University officials and request the University end its discriminatory, random, undefined policy and apologize for its mistreatment of persons of Confederate ancestry.  Please, write, phone or e-mail:

University President
Kenneth P. Ruscio
(540) 458-8700
(540) 458-8945 (fax)

Senior Assistant to the President
Elizabeth Knapp
(540) 458-8867
(540) 458-8745 (fax)

Brian Eckert
Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs
540.458.8459
beckert@wlu.edu

Julie S. Cline
Office Manager
540.458.8954
jcline@wlu.edu

Mailing Address:

Washington and Lee University
Lexington, Virginia 24450-2116

We MUST keep the skeer on...will you help?

Grayson Jennings
Virginia Flaggers

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