Friday, February 21, 2014

VMFA UPDATE 2/21/2014

Changing hearts and minds...and educating the public about our flags and the men who fought and died beneath them...

Thursday, February 20th:  As we enter our 125th week of Flagging the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), days like yesterday remind us that what we do tw
ice a week, every week, has turned into much more than just a protest against the forced removal of Confederate flags from the Confederate Memorial Chapel.

This family was visiting RVA from Detroit, Michigan. After stopping to chat with one of the Va Flaggers, and learning about why we were out on the Boulevard, this young man wanted to have a turn "waving" the flag. No intimidation...just the pure joy and innocence of childhood...and a chance to educate that would not have happened if it not for the vile act committed by the VMFA .

So today, we offer our THANKS. THANK YOU, Alex Nyerges. THANK YOU VMFA Board of Directors. THANK YOU VMFA Board of Trustees. If you had not removed the Confederate Battle Flags from the Chapel, we would not be standing on the sidewalk in front of the VMFA with Confederate flags, and this and MANY, MANY other chances to educate the public and change hearts and minds would not have happened over the past 125 weeks!

Thanks to the folks at the VMFA, this young man will now associate the Confederate Flag with a nice, polite gentleman who was kind to him and taught him about the history of the South and the honor of the soldiers who defended her...and let him have a turn waving his beautiful flag!

11 Flaggers in all were out on a mild February evening, lining the Boulevard and reported that support was at an all-time high, with many honks of approval, thumbs up, and shouts of supports from passing vehicles!

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SATURDAY, February 15th: 
Despite FRIGID temperatures, cold rain, and a chilly wind, the Va Flaggers took advantage of a very brief break in the rain to head down to to the Boulevard and post and forward the colors to protest the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and their forced removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.  This was the THIRD day of flagging that week, reminding museum officials that far from backing down, we are more determined than ever to stand for our Confederate ancestors and the flags they died beneath.

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Thursday, February 14th:  IMPROMPTU FLAGGING! 

Cabin fever and an afternoon full of sunshine in Richmond, Va led one of our Flaggers to put out the call for others to join him for an impromptu Valentine's Day flagging gift for VMFA Director Alex Nyerges!

6 Flaggers answered the call and joined him.

Tuesday, February 11th:  30 chilly degrees and yet 8 Flaggers  made their way to the Boulevard, with Flagger Barry procuring this prime parking spot and giving a shout out to our Georgia Flaggers and the Georgia Veterans who lived and died at the Old Soldiers Home...

An incredible week of flagging, accompanied by major progress on pending litigation, and other plans have given the Flaggers a significant increase in momentum that we intend to fully use to our advantage in this struggle to RETURN the flags and RESTORE the honor.

YOU can help!  Our next flagging is THIS SATURDAY, February 22nd, Noon - 4:00 p.m.  PLEASE consider taking the time to join us, so that we can double our presence during this very important time!  No experience necessary...just bring a Confederate flag, and a heart for standing for our ancestors.  Experienced Flaggers will help show you the ropes and make you feel right at home!  If you cannot make it out to the Boulevard, PLEASE take a few minutes to make a phone call in support of the Flaggers!  Call the Director's office (804) 340 -1500 sometime between now and Saturday and ask them to return the Confederate flags to the Confederate Memorial Chapel.  Now, more, than ever, it is important to let YOUR voice be heard. 

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Grayson Jennings

Va Flaggers
P. O. Box 547
Sandston, A 23150

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