Lexington Based Extremist Group Refuses Offer to Swap Parade Permits for Lee-Jackson/MLK Holiday
"Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less." Gen. Robert E. Lee, CSA
Virginia Flaggers were disappointed, but certainly not surprised, when a
representative of the extremist group “C.A.R.E. Rockbridge” notified us
this morning of their intention to refuse our offer to swap parade
The swap would have allowed the group to hold their event on the MLK holiday, Monday, January 16th,
and would have permitted the traditional Lee-Jackson memorial services
and parade to be held on Lee-Jackson Day, Saturday, January 14th.
The group’s refusal to agree to this logical swap proves that their
motives in planning this protest had absolutely nothing to do with
unity, “diversity”, or honoring the memory of Martin Luther King, as
they have claimed. Their sole intent was and remains to disrupt the
historically peaceful Lee-Jackson commemorations and cause division and
discord in the community.
The Virginia Flaggers are weighing our options and will be working with
other groups to finalize our plans for the Lexington Lee-Jackson holiday
in the coming days. In the meantime, this disrespectful stunt by
C.A.R.E. is likely to have quite the opposite effect from what they
intended. We have been contacted by folks from across the country who
are making plans to rally to Lexington for the first time, in support of
Lee and Jackson and in response to the actions taken by C.A.R.E. We
fully expect this will draw even more heritage supporters to Lexington
and are looking forward to our biggest crowds yet.
Perhaps if the folks at C.A.R.E. would take the time to actually learn a
bit about the character and valor of Lee & Jackson instead of
promoting hate, division, and false narratives, they would understand
why we will not back down or be forced out of Lexington… the “Shrine of
the South”… the town which holds the distinct honor of being the site of
the final resting places of both great men.