Friday, April 11, 2014

Va Flaggers: Confederate Memorial Day Service, Oakwood Cemetery, May 10, 2014

*"We are wont to make of history a chronicle of obvious effect and not of vital cause. We write of battles fought and not battles forced. We tell the story of our great sires' deeds and leave untold the reasons for their acts. We measure in the common scales success by what we see achieved and not by what right though unachieved. We think a cause lost with a field and see no victor but a Grant at every Appomattox.*

* From such a narrow view as this, these bones cry out. The men interred about us here had died in vain if death had been defeat. They live because defeat meant victory!*

* What were those ideals consecrated at First Manassas, exalted at Chancellorsville, sealed and accepted at Appomattox? These ancient oaks whisper them; these gray coats attest them; these women who for fifty years have kept this sacred day bear witness to them; these children's faces unwittingly reflect them:*

* That government is the choice of the governed, a sacred right that only tyranny can overrule; That it is for the governed to change their government when its powers are misused; That those who give may take again and shape to better use the creature of their hands; That in defense of freedom, self may not be reckoned or sacrifice be counted; That duty to righteous principle is duty to God!*

Dr. Douglas Southall Freeman,
50th Oakwood Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony
May 10, 1916


*SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014*:   Revival of the Annual Confederate Memorial Day
Service at Oakwood Cemetery

10:30 a.m. - Procession through the cemetery
11:00 a.m. - Memorial Service at the Confederate Monument

*KEYNOTE SPEAKER*:  Wayne Jones of North Augusta, SC will be our guest speaker. Wayne is best known for his extensive research and study on the Life and Times of Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart. An active SCV member, he currently serves as 5th Brigade Commander in the SC Division, and is a candidate for ANV Commander.

http://www.thegeneralandhislady.com/Home_Page.html

PLEASE share this email with others, and visit the Facebook event page

https://www.facebook.com/events/851702414846864/?ref=br_tf

Join us as we revive what was a grand tradition in Richmond and honor the thousands of Confederate dead who rest at Oakwood. We are looking for folks in period attire to participate in the procession through the cemetery. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Contact us at info@vaflaggers.com if you have any questions or would like to present a wreath on behalf of your organization.



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

Va Flaggers Update: "Rap Protestor" on the Boulevard

Over the past several weeks, one young man has shown up on Saturdays at the
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  He rides up on a tricycle, parks it near our
folks, and then proceeds to blast profanity-laced rap music very loudly,
for women, children, Museum visitors, tourists and residents to hear,

He even managed to get a little attention on a few ultra liberal media
sites when he put out the call for others to join him in his "Anti-
Confederate Rap Battle" to protest the Va Flaggers.

http://rvanews.com/etc/virginia-flagger-counter-protest/110681

The first afternoon of his announced "rally", our Flaggers were at a
Memorial Service for the father of one of our Flaggers, but we sent someone
out to see how many folks had shown up to support his "cause".

Result:  Rain 1...Anti-Confederate Rappers 0


In conversations with this young man, who calls himself "Goad", he claims
that the reason he is protesting is because "y'all let white supremacists
in your group".  When asked where he got that kind of (utterly false)
information, he is quick to quote a certain Anti-Confederate Blogger and
Arizona professor as his source.

Apparently, the old saying that if you tell a lie long enough, you
eventually can find one nut to believe it, is true.

It appears that this blogger's failure at having stopped the I-95 Battle
Flag (and boy, did he try!), and our refusal to pack up and quit in the
face of repeated lies, slander, and personal attacks has really put him
into a tailspin, and he is grasping at straws so flimsy that he has to
resort to this kind of tactic.

The vile music that this young man is blasting on the sidewalk is profanity
laced, with repeated use of the "F" word, and many, many other disgusting
lyrics. It is offensive to the ladies of our group, and painful for our men to
have to endure...and yet we will.  We will stand and we will outlast this
misguided young man, just as we will outlast the Anti-Confederate Bloggers
and their few followers....because we have good and right on our side...
and they have ignorance and hate.

We have the memory and honor of Confederate Soldiers to defend... and the
blood of these brave men coursing through our veins.

They have ignorance and hate.

In the meantime, GREAT week for the Flaggers on the Boulevard...report
coming soon!  :)

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

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

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Army of Northern Virginia Battle Flag Returns to Chester I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Site

The Army of Northern Virginia Battle Flag was raised again this morning at the Chester I-95 Flag Site! Confederate History and Heritage Month is alive and well in Virginia, despite the lack of official recognition from our Carpetbagger Governor. Our Confederate Veterans are honored and remembered this month... and EVERY DAY in Virginia...
for as long as we have breath!


Susan Hathaway
Virginia Flaggers


 

Friday, April 4, 2014

VMFA Update 4-3-2014

March went out like a LION, as we wrapped up a month of new and stepped up tactics in our ongoing battle against the VMFA and their forced removal of Confederate flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.

The highlight was a 6 hour flagging on Thursday, March 20th, that coincided with a Board of Trustees meeting at the VMFA a total of over 30 FLAGGERS gave of their time that day to make sure that every board member got a personal reminder of our presence.



With Flaggers surrounding the entire city block, we had a visible presence from every vantage point in the museum.



The weather was beautiful, and there were many opportunities to speak with residents and museum visitors, as well. During the afternoon, several bus loads of school children were loaded and unloaded, and traffic was heavy throughout the day.
 



We finished out the month with regular weekly flaggings, and are thrilled at the new faces and new supporters that join us each week, and the new pressure that is being applied with every passing day that we remain steadfast in our vigil. 



Each and every flagging offers us new and almost always rewarding opportunities to educate citizens and change hearts and minds. The young VCU student on the left was very skeptical when he approached us, but after hearing why were out there, admitted that he agreed that our Cause was just!  The young lady on the right has a blog and wants to return and interview us in more depth.  What a GREAT day in Dixie!  :)



After a MOST successful, multi-faceted assault in March, our efforts will continue without pause in April.  While we will turn our attention toward the proper recognition of Confederate History and Heritage Month in RVA, we will continue or vigil on the Boulevard, with our next flagging scheduled for this SATURDAY, April 5th, Noon - 4:00 p.m.

JOIN US, and kick off Confederate History and Heritage month by standing for our Confederate Veterans, and speaking for those who no longer have a voice.
RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!
Grayson Jennings

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Chester Clean-Up Day POSTPONED

ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS!

The I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Chester Site Work Day scheduled for this Saturday has been POSTPONED, due to the sudden passing of the father of two of our Flaggers. The memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, and our Flagger family will be in attendance to support our brothers.

Please be in prayer for the Tate family as they walk through this difficult time.

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers



 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Va Flaggers Update 3-24-2014 - Forwarding the Colors

Although carrying our flags in protest is one of the most visible outward displays of our efforts, we also carry our flags in honor and memory of the Confederate soldier and in support of Memorials, Living Histories, Re-Enactments, and many other events.  It is part of our desire to bring the Confederate flag out of hiding and back into the public  .By doing so, we also have many opportunities to help educate the public as we are greeted with questions and engage in discussions with curious attendees.

We have had several such opportunities over the last week.

Last Saturday, the Edmund Rufin FireEaters Camp #3000 held a Grave Marker Dedication Service for Compatriot and Va Flagger Jim Tingle's ancestor at Hollywood Cemetery.  The Va Flaggers were honored to attend this service, where the Edmund Ruffins FireEater Color Guard presented the colors.  Compatriots and Va Flagger supporters Jeffrey and Tommy-Lee Newton, from Kenbridge, stood guard over the grave site.



FireEater Commander Darryl Starnes gave a moving tribute to Crprl Tingle, which included an historical account of his service to the CSA, and prayers of dedication.  He presented Mr. Tingle with a beautiful CBF in honor and memory of his ancestor.  The FireEater artillery crew fired a salute at the conclusion and Corporal William Tingle, Company D, 4th Va Volunteers' new tombstone was consecrated.



Immediately following the dedication, and prior to heading to the VMFA for flagging, the Va Flaggers drove across town to Shockoe Cemetery, to attend the dedication of new Grave Markers, erected by the Sally L Tompkins Chapter #2, Va Order of The Confederate Rose.  14 of the young girls who died in the Confederate Munitions explosion on Brown's Island are buried here, until now in unmarked graves.  The ladies of the OCR started a campaign and raised the necessary funds in less than a year to mark each grave.

The dedication service was well attended and the Edmund Ruffin FireEaters provided the Color Guard and Artillery Salute.  Congratulations to the Sally L Tompkins Chapter for a job well done and a beautiful service.  The Va Flaggers were honored to have supported the efforts of these hard working ladies and glad to be in attendance to honor the memory of these young girls of the Confederacy.

 Yesterday, several Va Flaggers forwarded the colors at the Ft. Clifton 150th Anniversary Heritage Day.  They enjoyed the events and displays, and spoke with participants and visitors.  Barry was invited to join McClanahan's Battery for a few volleys, and had a great time with Hugh Hall and his men. 



The Flaggers reported that the highlight of the event was attending the evening performance of "Soldiers in Gray" by Stan Clardy. 



The Va Flaggers are tired of the soldier's flag being vilified and are not ashamed to carry it in memory and honor of the Confederate soldier, whether it be to protest its forced removal, as in the case of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts...or a memorial service on the Battle Fields at Sharpsburg... or any event in which the Confederate Soldier deserves recognition.

We are encouraged and inspired by the increasing number of people we see doing the same...and by campaigns such as the Georgia Division SCV's "Flags Across Georgia", whereby the Division is sponsoring new Interstate and roadside Battle Flag Memorials, assisting Brigades and Camps with their flag projects, and encouraging ALL of its membership to fly the Soldiers' flag or '56 Georgia on their own property, as memorials to our Confederate dead, a sign of solidarity, and a show of resistance to the continued and increasing attacks against our Heritage.  

 
Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Va Flaggers Call To Action: PLEASE ACT TODAY!

The Va Flaggers had over 20 Flaggers out this past Saturday, wrapping the Boulevard with flags and Flaggers, including Flaggers who traveled from Luray, Kenbridge, and Urbanna! With a gorgeous day in Richmond, and many St. Patrick's Day events being held near the Boulevard, traffic was brisk and our Flaggers kept busy with conversations and many educational opportunities.




Photographer Judy Smith caught this shot from inside the VMFA, giving us a glimpse of what museum officials see from the building...



This week, professionally bound packets of information and a copy of a letter to Alex Nyerges, director of the Museum, restating our request and re-affirming our commitment to continue our efforts, were mailed to museum officials, members of the board of Directors, and local and State officials.

TOMORROW, Thursday, March 20th, the Board of Directors meets at the museum at 12:30. We are planning to have a presence on the grounds for the meeting, and are asking all who are able to join us to do so, and help us show museum Leadership that there are still MANY folks who care enough about the honor and valor of our Confederate Ancestors to stand in their defense.

We would also like to FLOOD THE PHONE LINES during the meeting, so we are asking you to PLEASE take a moment to support the troops on the ground and help with this offensive. CALL VMFA Administration anytime from NOON UNTIL 5:00 P.M. at (804) 340-1506 and tell them to do the right and honorable thing and return the Confederate Battle Flags to the Confederate Memorial Chapel on the grounds of Confederate Memorial Park. Even if you have called before, please take the time to make another call today. Call early...and often! Be polite, but firm in your request.

PLEASE pass this request on to any and all Confederates and friends who may be willing to join us in this most important endeavor!

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Tommy Clinger
Va Flaggers