Just before 7:00 a.m.
this morning, an early morning monument patrol discovered that the
J.E.B Stuart monument on Monument Avenue in Richmond had been
vandalized. Our last report from Monument Guards the night before meant
that the crime occurred sometime in the hours just before dawn Our
folks contacted Richmond Police who immediately arrived on the scene and
let us know that cleaning crews were on the way. What we thought might
be engine oil of some sort, turned out to be pine tar, which made the
removal a bit more challenging.
Crews have been working all day, and we have had Monument Guards on the scene. As of 3:00 this afternoon, much progress has been made, with several crews on the scene and removal almost complete.
The Va Flaggers would like to express our thanks to the Richmond Police
Department and the City of Richmond for their prompt attention to the
desecration of the memorial. We commend Mayor Stoney for his statement
that Richmond would not tolerate violence and destruction, and hope that
the perpetrators of this crime are quickly apprehended and prosecuted
to the fullest extent of the law. We trust that our city officials will
not allow our community to dissolve into that which is represented in
Charlottesville today, where mob rule has set in, and intimidation with
violence and vandalism are rewarded with capitulation and pandering.
Over 70% of our citizens believe monuments and memorials should be left
in place, and no amount of vandalism or violence by the monument
destroyers should drown out the voice of the rational majority and allow
this magnificent historical landmark to be destroyed.
In light of this incident, we will be stepping up our monument patrols in the days and nights to come. .
Virginia Flaggers are deeply disturbed that Richmond’s Mayor has chosen to
attempt to shamelessly capitalize on the tragedy in Charlottesville by suddenly
changing course and directing the Monument Avenue Commission to pursue the
removal of the monuments on Richmond’s majestic Monument Avenue as a viable
option.Instead of seeking to work with
and represent all of his constituents, he has chosen to escalate tensions and
encourage lawlessness, such as was witnessed by the violent anarchist Antifa
march in Richmond Sunday night, and which will certainly be amplified with his
Stoney is fully aware that discussion of the removal of ANY veteran’s monument
in the Commonwealth is a waste of time as it is a violation of state law and any
attempt to do so will cost the city millions in legal fees and damages, while
creating division and disunity among her residents.The citizens of the Commonwealth
overwhelmingly oppose removal of memorials and the thousands of direct
descendants of Confederate veterans are not going to sit by quietly and allow
our history and heritage to be dismantled to appease a few extremists.
call on the Mayor to do the right thing for the community, and what citizens
suggested over and over in the public meeting just last week (and which he
would have heard had he attended) …leave the existing monuments alone and
pursue the development and construction of new monuments in other areas of the
NC August 14, 2017. A violent mob of protestors marched through the
streets of Durham after tearing down and destroying the top of the
Confederate monument at the courthouse. Police and county officials on
the scene stood back and videoed the crimes, but did nothing to stop the
vandalism and destruction.
I see the photo above, I immediately think about that mother, who sent
her brave, young son off to war and went to her grave NEVER knowing his
final resting place. I think of this monument, in his home town that may
very well be the only grave marker he ever had...and I see this pond
scum tearing down and desecrating what is, essentially, his grave, and I
am driven to rage.
After a firestorm of emails, phone calls and
complaints from angry residents, Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews
announced this morning that they are reviewing video and "working to
identify those responsible".
Please call the Durham County Sheriff's office at (919) 560-0897 and ask
why they did not stop this crime when it was in progress and demand
that the criminals be brought to justice.
Photos this morning showed the damaged and twisted statue of the soldier
had been removed from the courthouse lawn. Concerned it had been
stolen, we contacted Durham County officials who confirmed that the
statue was in their possession and informed us that they would be
holding a 1:00 pm press conference to share more information.
We ask that you also contact the Durham County Clerk (919) 560-0025 and
the County Commissioner (919) 569-0000 and ask what they are going to do
about assisting with the prosecuting the criminals and repairing and
replacing the monument as soon as possible.
Folks, if this kind of mob rule is allowed to stand, we will see it
repeated across this country. It's time WE make some noise and let
officials know that we will not sit back and watch this illegal and
immoral destruction of our sacred memorials.
We heard from many of you who have formed informal monument guards and
are checking in on the monuments in your area. We encourage you to
check with your local officials and inquire about additional security
and protection during this time of unrest and violence directed at our
monuments and memorials.
On Sunday evening, August 14th,
our monument guards were on duty in the Capital of the Confederacy,
concerned about the anti-Confederate violence that had escalated over
the weekend. Late in the evening, they noticed a heavy police presence
at the LEE monument, and were informed that a group of protestors had
taken to the streets and were marching to Monument Avenue from VCU.
Their original destination was the LEE monument, but Capitol and State
Police had the LEE Monument surrounded and protected. Turned away, the
mob moved down the street toward the J.E.B. Stuart monument, and
attempted to stop us from approaching the scene. One of the protestors
brandished a rifle and told the monument guards to stay away “for their
own good”. We later learned that the participants used intimidation
tactics like this throughout the illegal, un-permitted march.
When they reached the J.E.B. Stuart
monument, they proceeded to climb on the monument and tie an ANTIFA flag
to the magnificent statue. Our Monument Guards notified Richmond
Police, who immediately dispatched Richmond Fire to bring a truck to
remove the desecration.
Many thanks to those who helped restore the monument, and to the
Monument Guards who kept watch during a very stressful and dangerous
At least one person was arrested, and a TV6 video journalist was
assaulted and received medical treatment during the illegal march
through the streets, where participants carried Antifa flags and banners
and shouted "F*** the police" "Take down the monuments. Death to all
Confederates" and " "We're here. We're gay. We fight the KKK."
We are thankful that there was no further damage to our sacred memorials
overnight, and will be stepping up our patrols over the coming days and
weeks. If you would like to assist with this endeavor, please contact
us at email@example.com.
LEE Monument, Monument Avenue, Richmond.
Photo by RVA Monument Guards, August, 2017
As we reported earlier, Richmond Mayor Lamar
Stoney has appointed a commission to “study” Confederate monuments on
Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue. In his press conference to announce
his intentions, the Mayor regurgitated the false narrative as has been
circulated by groups such as the ANTIFA anarchists, SPLC, and NAACP, and
that which was used by the liberals in Charlottesville in their crusade
to destroy the Confederate monuments there. Stoney calls the men
honored by these monuments “architects and defenders of slavery” and
claims that the monuments were erected “to perpetuate the tyranny and
terror of Jim Crow and reassert a new era of white supremacy.” The
mayor recognizes that the monuments are protected by Virginia state law
and cannot be removed, but he has made it clear that he would tear them
down if he could. At the close of the press conference, he revealed his
true intentions, when he called contextualizing a “first step” in the
The commission is a stacked deck of folks who think like Stoney and who
have social and political biases against our history and heritage. They
will attempt to appeal to Richmonders, who overwhelmingly are AGAINST
monument removal, by offering this “compromise” of contextualization,
hoping that we will go along with desecration since the monuments appear
to be safe from removal.
The Va Flaggers are steadfastly opposed to the addition of ANY context
to ANY of our Confederate monuments or memorials and will use all
available resources to prevent it from happening.
Our monuments and memorials need NO PC context or “interpretation”. Our
grandmothers carved their meaning in stone and each memorial speaks for
itself. They are memorials to honor the men who fought and died to
protect the Commonwealth and Richmond, and neither Mayor Stoney, nor the
members of the commission have the right to judge or condemn the
memorials, the memory of our loved ones, or our grandmothers and
surviving veterans who erected them.
If Mayor Stoney get his way and signage is added with the false
narratives he is pushing, vandalism on the grand avenue will increase as
it will agitate and stir up the anarchists who are already screaming
for their destruction. Richmond’s otherwise tranquil Monument Avenue
will be transformed into chaos, the likes of which we saw and continue
to see in New Orleans, before, after, and during the monument
destruction there. Crime will increase and property values will
We stand committed to protecting Richmond’s Confederate memorials and monuments, but we need YOUR help. Here’s what you can do…
ATTEND THE PUBLIC MEETINGS. The Mayor’s Monument
Avenue Commission has set up two public hearings to get input from
citizens. It is IMPERATIVE that we have a huge presence at this
meetings. Even if you do not wish to speak, PLEASE still plan to be in
attendance. We will have signs and flyers available, and information to
Public Meeting Schedule:
Wednesday, August 9, 6:30 p.m. Virginia Historical Society 428 N. Boulevard
Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 p.m. Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard
We encourage everyone to arrive EARLY and be waiting when the doors
open. The commission had promised to publish guidelines for speaking on
their website, but as of this morning, nothing has appeared. www.monumentavenuecommission.org
CONTACT COMMISSION MEMBERS: Look for a separate email
with information on each commission member and details on how to contact
them. We urge everyone to contact each member and make the case for NO
context. We are compiling the list now and will have it released in
the next 24 hours.
ATTEND THE LEE MONUMENT RALLY IN SEPTEMBER: Our
friends at Save Southern Heritage have obtained a permit from the
Capitol Police for a rally at the LEE Monument on Monument Avenue in
Richmond for Saturday, September 16 at NOON. We will
be supporting their efforts and need a HUGE showing of patriotic
Southerners to make a statement to Mayor Stoney, the commission, and the
entire city of Richmond. Watch for more details, coming soon, but save
the date and make plans to attend and bring as many folks as you can.
The destruction of our monuments and memorials in New Orleans has caused
what can only be described as a great awakening across America. Here
in Virginia, Corey Stewart, with almost no name recognition and very
little money, came within 1% of winning the Republican nomination for
Governor against a powerhouse establishment candidate with full coffers,
after publicly condemning the attempts to tear down monuments and
memorials in Charlottesville. Good people, north and South of the
Mason-Dixon line are sick and tired of officals pandering to a small,
but very vocal and violent percentage of the population.
The Capital of the Confederacy is shaping up to be the next battle
ground. We fully expect victory, but will need your help to make it
True story out of Danville: a realtor was
showing a couple around town. They were transferring from New York. When
they passed the first giant battle flag, the couple expressed concern
but the realtor explained about the history and heritage of Danville
being the last Capital of the Confederacy and they seemed to accept the
explanation . When they passed the second flag he repeated the
information and the wife, who was seated in the back seat, appeared
shaken. After passing a THIRD flag, the wife leans up and whispers into
her husband's ear, at which time the man turns to the realtor and tells
him that he can cut the house hunting short because they would NOT be
moving to Danville, Virginia.
6, 2017, will mark TWO YEARS since Danville City Council ordered the
removal of one tiny Third National flag from the Confederate Monument on
the grounds of the Sutherlin Mansion, the Last Capital of the
Confederacy. Two years later, 16 massive battle flags now fill the
Danville skyline, with more to come.
The Danville Heritage Preservation Association (HPA) will be marking the
anniversary of the removal of the flag from the Confederate monument on
the grounds of the Last Capital of the Confederacy this weekend.
This Saturday, August 5th, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00
p.m. join the HPA for flagging at the Last Capital of the Confederacy.
Bring your Third National flag and be a part of those standing up and
speaking out to defend our flag, and the honor of the Confederate
soldier. From the HPA event page:
City of Danville violated their Resolution with HPA when they removed
the flag from our gift to the City in the dark of night on August 6,
2015. This monument erected March 26,1995 as a historical marker
commemorating Danville's part in America's history. Both the black and
white community were in aggreement. Some people are not aware this was
the CSA flag removed. This is a part of Danville's history yet it
belongs to all Americans! GIVE OUR GIFT RESPECT RETURN THE FLAG
On Sunday, August 6th: The HPA will mark the second
anniversary of the desecration of the monument at the Sutherlin mansion
with a "Never Forget Motorcade". From the HPA event page:
us for the 2nd anniversary marking the removal of the 3rd National flag
from the monument at Sutherlin mansion.Meet at 265 bypass(access road)
and step off 2:00 PM sharp. Gas up before you get there and arrive early
to get route plan. You don't have to be a member to support our cause.
Picnic afterward at Dan Daniel park. Hot dogs,baked beans and chips
provided by HPA. BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS.****** NO ALCOHOL***** Heritage
preservation Association reserves to right to deny anyone from
participating in this event.Remember to be respectful and always obey
all traffic laws.
Our guardians of the flags in
Danville have been busy over the last few weeks replacing and repairing
flags at all 16 sites to get ready for the anniversary activities Join
us in Danville THIS WEEKEND, for a chance to see all 16 flags, including
Virginia's largest, flying high in the Confederate Flag Capital of the
Universe, and help us remind the Danville City Council that we will