On August 6, 2015, the City Council of Danville, Virginia voted to pander to the PC demands of a handful of agitators and passed an ordinance that prohibited the flying of any flags on city property, other than the Va State Flag, US Flag, Danville City Flag, and POW/MIA flag. Minutes after the ordinance was passed, and under cover of darkness, city workers cut down the Third National flag from the soldier’s monument on the grounds of the Sutherlin Mansion, the Last Capitol of the Confederacy, where CSA President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet met for the last time. The tiny 3x5 flag had flown at the historical site for years, without incident.
One year later, to mark the anniversary of the cowardly decision, the Virginia Flaggers, with the generous support of Danville area residents, will raise our largest Battle Flag to date THIS SATURDAY, July 23rd on private land adjacent to the 29 Bypass in Danville. It will be the 14th massive roadside Battle Flag raised in Danville in the 12 months since the tiny 3x5 flag was ripped down, and the 27th raised in the Commonwealth since the fall of 2013.
Sky High Poles of Danville installed the 119’ pole this afternoon, which will fly a massive 30’ x 50’ Confederate Battle Flag.
The 4:00 p.m. ceremony Saturday will include a Confederate Color Guard, Confederate Honor Guard and rifle salute, artillery fire, bagpipe music, and heritage speakers. The gates will open at 3:00 p.m. and guests are encouraged to bring a chair and plan to stay for supper/social time after the ceremony, with food vendors on site to serve BBQ and all the fixins. See below for site address/directions.
While in Dallas at the National SCV National Reunion last week, I was honored to have the opportunity to visit General Cabell’s grave, and place a flag on behalf of the Va Flaggers and the citizens of Danville.
The Danville 29 Bypass Gen. W. L. Cabell Memorial Battle Flag will fly as a living, breathing memorial to General Cabell and all of our Confederate soldiers and Veterans, and will serve as a 24/7 reminder that there are those of us who will never forget the dedication, sacrifice, and honor of our Confederate heroes, and NEVER forget the despicable action taken by Danville City Council on August 6, 2015.
DIRECTIONS TO FLAG SITE: 29 North Business, Right on State Route 719 (Lawless Creek Road) Go approximately ¼ mile and turn left at 333 Compton Road (gravel road), then go about 1 mile. Address for GPS: 333 Compton Road, Blairs, VA 24527
Please join us for this historic event, LEST WE FORGET!