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 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pensacola SCV Hoists Massive Roadside Battle Flag on I-10

Congratulations to our friends in the Stephen R. Mallory SCV Camp #1315, Pensacola, FL, who raised a 15 FT X 25 FT Confederate Battle Flag on a 71' pole on the North side of I-10 near mile marker 36 over the weekend!


A dedication and cavalcade drive by will be held at 10am on Saturday, April 9th to commemorate Confederate History and Heritage Month in Florida.

Pensacola is once again the City of Five Flags...only this one is a whole lot bigger than the one they took down! Well done, gentlemen.

"For every flag removed, a thousand more will rise to take its place..."
#DixieRising

Susan Hathaway
Virginia Flaggers

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

Friday, March 25, 2016

GREAT NEWS FROM OUR FRIENDS AT SAVE OUR CIRCLE!

"HUGE MONUMENTS NEWS UPDATE: We are thrilled to report that the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a preliminary injunction to stop the City of New Orleans from moving forward with the removal of the monuments. This injunction will remain in place while the case is on appeal!!"

 


 http://www.saveourcircle.com/
Happy Easter, Mitch! DEO VINDICE!


Virginia Flaggers

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



Thursday, March 24, 2016

Charlottesville "Tear Down the Monuments" Rally Report and Update

http://m.roanoke.com/news/virginia/movement-afoot-in-charlottesville-to-remove-lee-statue/article_eaa388d5-464c-5d72-be93-2f9597c52607.html?mode=jqm

On Monday night, March 21st, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer submitted the following, very revealing "statement", concerning City Council's plans for the Confederate monuments in Charlottesville.


On Tuesday, March 22nd, members of the Virginia Flaggers joined several dozen history and heritage supporters to protest a press conference held in Charlottesville's Lee Park, by Charlottesville City Council Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy to announce plans to tear down the RE Lee statue and change the park name. 


Monument supporters reported that Bellamy and others ranted that  Robert E. Lee was "trash" that needed to be disposed of, and blamed the memorial for everything from "racism" to "homophobia".  The vicious attacks were difficult to hear, and monument supporters are to be commended for their brave stand, and excellent conduct in the face of blatant hate and bigotry. 


One of the highlights of the event was the opportunity to flag and engage Councilman Kristen Szacos, who was the first to call for the removal of the monuments several years ago...

A big thanks to ALL who came out to take a stand!  


Later in the afternoon, we released the following statement:
March 22, 2016
Richmond, Va


"The Mayor, Vice-Mayor, and Councilman Scazos are wasting the taxpayers' money and time by proposing the removal of the monuments in Charlottesville, in clear violation of Virginia state law. (15.2-1812 - Memorials for war veterans)
The governor's recent veto of the proposed amendment did not change the law, nor does it allow for the removal of monuments and memorials. In fact, the Virginia legislature reaffirmed the law's original intent. Thankfully, it is still illegal to remove monuments and memorials in the Commonwealth, and our veterans' memorials are safe from the mob mentality of the PC revisionists and haters in Charlottesville and across the Commonwealth.
We believe that Charlottesville City Council members should have better things to do than to pursue these self-serving publicity stunts that only serve to divide us and create animosity in the community.

Neither the Virginia Flaggers, nor the citizens of the Commonwealth are going to stand by and allow this ISIS like destruction of our history and heritage. If Charlottesville City Council decides to ignore the law and pursues this repulsive purge, they will face serious consequences -- in civil and criminal court -- and in the court of public opinion, which according to all available public polling on the subject, overwhelmingly supports keeping the monuments right where they are. "

Call to action:
*Continue to contact Charlottesville City Council:  An email to this address:  council@charlottesville.org will be sent to each Council member, the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and the Clerk of Council.
You can also use this link to contact each council member individually via phone and/or email:  http://www.charlottesville.org/departments-and-services/departments-a-g/city-council/council-members

Stay tuned for more information, updates, and opportunities to join the fight!
Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

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