Thursday evening saw a cool 74 degrees in the Capital of the Confederacy, and 8 Flaggers lined the sidewalk on the Boulevard in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). Traffic was VERY heavy and conversations were plentiful.
Our Flaggers reported that even after almost three years of having a presence TWICE A WEEK at the VMFA, there are still many folks who haven't heard of the desecration of the Confederate Memorial Chapel at the hands of VMFA officials. Most agreed that if a Confederate flag belongs ANYWHERE, it's on a Confederate Memorial, and most certainly on a memorial which was erected on the sacred grounds of the Old Soldiers' Home/Confederate Memorial Park.
Response was almost all positive and encouraging. It seems that, as is usually the case, the majority of residents, museum visitors, and tourists do not agree with the forced removal of Confederate battle flags from the portico of the Chapel.
Still, there is the occasional ill-bred, vulgar passer-by, and this report filed by one of our Flaggers is typical of their "drive by" behavior... As we were shuttin' 'er down this evening, some VCU type on his bicycle - filled with outrage and self-righteousness - blasted by us at the speed of a 9 mm and called us an ugly name. We were able to master our emotions and not dissolve in tears. But our challenge is to counter the false racist accusations with the very real accusations that these people are the "useful idiots" of a totalitarian regime. "Ignorance is strength" - George Orwell, "1984."
A challenge, indeed€¦and one that we will continue to rise to meet, with our Battle Flags as our weapon, at least TWICE A WEEK, on the streets of Richmond, until the Confederate Battle Flags are returned to the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel.
We return to the Boulevard tomorrow, Saturday, September 20th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. JOIN US, and be a part of those taking a stand against those who have dishonored our Confederate Veterans.
RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!