Sunday, February 23, 2014

Va Flaggers Update 2-23-2014

Saturday, February 22nd was a very busy and very good day for the Va Flaggers!

The day started with beautiful weather for cleaning headstones at Hollywood Cemetery.  7 Flaggers and a guest volunteer spent the morning cleaning headstones in the soldier's section,
using Orvus soap - and D2 on heavily discolored markers, rinsed with water after cleaning.

Weekends at Hollywood Cemetery are busy, and there are lots of visitors.  While we were there, we helped one of the volunteers find her ancestor.  Several visitors stopped to talk about who we were and what we were doing.  Another visitor was looking for a soldier from the older soldiers section.  We helped her find the grave, gave her a flag to mark it, and then cleaned his stone, as well.  :)

This Saturday, March 1st, the Va Flaggers will have another clean up day at Hollywood Cemetery, in the section that contains the graves of Veterans who died at the Old Soldier's Home.  We will be continuing the work to reclaim graves from the hedges and overgrowth.  All are invited to join us and lend a hand.  Bring garden tools, rakes, clippers, etc... and meet at 9:00 a.m.

Immediately following the tombstone cleanup, the Va Flaggers gathered on the Boulevard to forward the colors and protest the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and their forced removal of Confederate flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.  65 degrees and breezy in the Capital of the Confederacy meant a great day for flying flags and for conversations with residents, museum visitors, and tourists.  14 Flaggers meant plenty of troops to spread the line and many good and positive conversations were reported.

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Later that day, Susan and Judy made the drive up to Fredericksburg for the February meeting of the Rev. Beverly
Tucker Lacy, Camp #2141, SCV.  They enjoyed a great dinner, warm welcome, and fantastic support from the members.  After speaking, Susan was overwhelmed when Camp Commander John Sawyer presented her with a battle flag that he had hand-sewn, complete with a beautiful formal pole for display, as a gift from the camp.  She promised to carry it with honor, and will never forget the generosity and incredible support the camp has shown the Va Flaggers.

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THANK YOU, gentlemen, and God bless the men of the Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy, Camp #2141!

The Va Flaggers return to the Boulevard this Tuesday, February 25th, 3:00 p.m. - Dusk.  PLEASE consider joining us as we stand against those who have desecrated the Confederate Memorial Chapel and dishonored the Veterans who lived and died on the grounds of the Old Soldiers' Home. If you cannot be there, take a few minutes to support the Flaggers by making a phone call to the Museum.  Call (804) 340-1405 and ask museum officials to return the flags to the portico of the Chapel, and return the honor to our Confederate Veterans.  We are at a critical point in our campaign, and EVERY call makes a difference.  Call often...and speak for those who no longer have a voice!

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Rader James
Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

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