Saturday, August 26, 2017

JEB Stuart Monument in Richmond Vandalized In Wake of Confederate Witch Hunt

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.  .

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