Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Seven Years Later: Chesapeake's Mega Flag Still Honors Local Soldiers

 

Seven years ago this past weekend, The Virginia Flaggers dedicated their 26th Roadside Memorial Battle Flag.  

The “Jackson Greys” Memorial Battle Flag was raised in a ceremony in Chesapeake, Virginia. 

The 8' x 8' Army of Northern Virginia flag still flies proudly, adjacent to the Chesapeake expressway, Route 168, a heavily traveled route to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The flag honors the Jackson Greys, Company A, of the 61st Virginia Infantry Regiment from the War for Southern Independence. The Jackson Greys were a company recruited from the Chesapeake Virginia area and named in honor of James W. Jackson, a Southern Martyr and hotel owner in Alexandria, Virginia who was killed by a group of Federal soldiers in his hotel while defending his property.

The Virginia Flaggers is a grass-roots organization dedicated to defending the honor of Virginia's Confederate Veterans, and pushing back against the left's vicious assaults on the Commonwealth's history and heritage, and desecration of our memorials and monuments.   

 


Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Danville Councilman Who Voted to Remove Flag Loses Bid for State Senate

 

In August of 2015, Danville, Virginia City Councilman Lee Vogler voted with Democrats to force the removal of a Third National Flag from the historical Confederate Memorial on the grounds of the Last Capitol of the Confederacy, a reversal from previous promises to stand firm for the city's history and heritage.  

 

Heritage supporters vowed to make sure Vogler would not have a future in Virginia politics, and made good on that promise last night.

After Frank Ruff, the newly re-elected State Senator from Virginia's 9th District announced his retirement for health reasons, Vogler announced his candidacy and asked his supporters to travel to Drakes Branch for a Mass Meeting.  Over 830 citizens registered to vote and they made a clear statement when Vogler was quickly eliminated in the FIRST round, and sent packing.  

The eventual nominee, who was chosen in the fourth round, well after midnight, Tammy Mulchi of Clarksville is an advocate for protecting the Commonwealth's history and heritage.

The strong presence of monument supporters and quick elimination of those who choose to support the WOKE agenda of memorial destruction is reflective of the push-back being seen across the Commonwealth, as fed-up citizens look to do their part to end the left's march of destruction, and call out state Republicans on their silence and inaction in the wake of the continued cultural cleansing. 

More about Mrs. Mulchi and her candidacy  Here

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Confederate Heritage Groups Join Forces to Raise New Mega Flag, Dedicate New Park near Lexington, Virginia

An estimated crowd of 350 gathered just outside of Lexington, Virginia on Saturday to raise a huge Confederate Battle Flag and dedicate a new Confederate Memorial Park.  While the WOKE mob, parroting false narratives and misinformation circulated by the left, continues its desecration and destruction, their efforts have done very little to stop the descendants of Confederate veterans from continuing to remember and honor their Confederate dead on Memorial Day, and all year long.  

In fact, those gathered on this beautiful spring day, pledge to do much more than that.  

 



The ceremony, which included a Confederate Color Guard, Rifle and Artillery Salutes, Bagpipes and special guests including the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Commander-in-Chief Jason Boshers, SCV Chief of Heritage Defense Ron Kennedy, and Virginia Division SCV Commander Tony Griffin, included a dedication of a brand new park, a project of the Stonewall Brigade SCV Camp #1296, which will initially include the mega flag site, a monument park for relocated and new monuments, and much more.  

Just miles from the town in which Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson rest, Lee-Jackson Memorial Park was dedicated with the raising of the first 5 Auxiliary flags, which will line the edge of the park.  Stonewall Brigade Commander Brandon Dorsey, and Lt. Commander Andy Schindler thanked all those who had contributed funds and man hours to make it possible. 



The ceremony culminated with the raising and dedication of the Virginia Flaggers' I-81 Lee-Jackson Park Memorial Battle Flag, a giant 20' x 20' ANV Battle flag, on an 80' pole.  The crowd cheered  and artillery smoke filled the air as the wind gave her flight, high above Interstate 81.  The flag has high visibility on I-81 and will be seen by thousands of motorists daily.  


This is the 36th Roadside Memorial Battle Flag that the Virginia Flaggers have raised on roadsides across the Commonwealth, each one dedicated to the Glory of God and in memory of the Confederate Dead.  

Following the ceremony, the crowd enjoyed a meal and spent time visiting vendors and learning more about future plans for the Park.  One of the highlights was getting a glimpse of the model for the "Lee Rides Again" project.  Sculptor Tom Gallo was on hand with the model, which is a replica of the magnificent Robert E Lee monument that was the centerpiece of  Monument Avenue n Richmond, for over 130 years until rioters and local and state democrats destroyed it in 2021.  The Gordonsville Grays, SCV Camp #2301 has started a campaign to build an exact replica of that monument and it was recently announced that upon completion, it will have a home a Lee-Jackson Park.  


 

The numerous heritage groups involved and those in attendance share a common goal:  their commitment to not only protect existing monuments and memorials, but to rebuild and replace any that fall victim to the left's campaign of hate and destruction. 

Faith was the cornerstone of the Confederate Cause, and it was foremost in the hearts of the participants on Saturday, as evidenced by the numerous prayers,  scripture references, and messages. 

For more information on Lee-Jackson Memorial Park CLICK HERE

To contribute to the Va Flaggers Roadside Memorial Battle Flag Projects, CLICK HERE 

For more information on the Lee Rides again campaign, CLICK HERE




 



Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Amherst County Va NAACP Demands Monument Removal

 

AMHERST NAACP WANTS CONFEDERATE MONUMENT IN AMHERST REMOVED


Details below. After a request full of lies and woke nonsense, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Amherst County, one of the most conservative counties in the Commonwealth (80%+ voted for Trump in 2020)  asked county staff to schedule a time for board discussion on the request at an upcoming meeting.   

Amherst NAACP asks board to address Confederate monument's place on county property

The Amherst NAACP chapter recently wrote the county board of supervisors a letter asking that it address a Confederate monument on the Amherst courthouse grounds.

Brook Vandervelde, representing the local NAACP chapter, read from the letter during the public comments portion of the board’s May 16 meeting. She described the plaque’s language honoring the “noble cause” ideology of the South during the Civil War as a “throwback to an era of an institutionalized racism” that is painful for a large portion of county residents.

“This county must not even seem to be contributing to its survival in our time,” Vandervelde said.

The plaque states the Ladies of the Dr. John Thompson Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy erected the monument in 1922.


The wording on the plaque states: “To the memory of The Sons of Amherst County, who from 1861 to 1865 upheld in arms the cause of Virginia and the South, who fell in battle or died from wounds, and survivors of the war who as long as they lived were ever proud that they had done their part in the noble cause.”

Vandervelde said the sentiment from the plaque is one not all county residents share and is “clearly offensive to many.”

“Its continued presence on public land at the courthouse complex can easily be construed as an endorsement of its sentiments by our currently elected authorities and citizenry,” she said. “Our courthouse complex should unequivocally promote equal justice for all.”

In 1922, a private organization was allowed to occupy “a privileged place on public property that honored only a subset of our community,” Vandervelde said.


“Times have changed,” she said. “Amherst can ill afford to continue to propagate a divisive message — 100 years is enough. Reflecting not only selective memories but also severe inequalities, this unbalanced presentation positioned in front of the United States flag does not foster unity.”

The Amherst monument’s plaque is an “anomaly,” “out of sync with our times” and its presence on public property is problematic, Vandervelde told supervisors on behalf of the Amherst NAACP.

“It is an artifact of another era and it should be removed,” Vandervelde said. “We applaud previous action by the board of supervisors to remove the Confederate battle flag graphic from the county seal. We propose that the same reasonable approach be taken to remove the ‘noble cause’ ideology that after a century still survives.”

Vandervelde added the ‘noble cause’ ideology is controversial, divisive and a liability.

“The only kinds of publicity that Amherst County needs are those that project positive and welcoming attitudes for all residents, visitors and commercial enterprises — a perfect slice of Virginia,” Vandervelde told supervisors. “Our goal is a solution that is amenable to our community. We stand ready to collaborate.”

 Tom Martin, the board’s chair, asked county staff to schedule a time for board discussion on the request at an upcoming meeting.


Amherst County, Virginia Board Members
   

Tom Martin

Supervisor - District 1

Phone: 434-946-1235
Email: tmartin@countyofamherst.com

 Term ends December 31, 2023

Claudia D. Tucker

Supervisor - District 2

Phone: 434-841-3716
Email: cdtucker@countyofamherst.com 

Term ends December 31, 2025

   

L. J. "Jimmy" Ayers

Supervisor - District 3

Phone: 434-907-2340
Email: jayers@countyofamherst.com 

Term ends December 31, 2023

David Pugh, Jr. 

Supervisor - District 4

Phone: 434-509-2038
Email: dwpugh@countyofamherst.com 

Term ends December 31, 2023

 

Drew Wade

Supervisor - District 5

Phone: 434-338-9626
Email: 
mdwade@countyofamherst.com

 

Despite the fact that Virginia citizens are overwhelmingly against monument removal and destruction, and voted to flip the House of Delegates and Executive Office RED in Virginia after Democrats moved to destroy numerous monuments in the Commonwealth, localities still want to give WOKE monument destroyers a voice.  Please contact each member of the Board of Supervisors listed above and let them know how you feel about the removal of ANY war memorial.  

Monday, April 3, 2023

New Confederate Monument in Virginia Nears Completion

 

Two years ago,  the Virginia Flaggers’ Rt 360 Charlotte Defenders Roadside Memorial Battle Flag was raised and dedicated in Charlotte County, Virginia.  
 
Recently, work was completed on a new stone monument that has been added to the flag site by the men of the Charlotte County Grays, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #1964.
 
 

 
 
The memorial is dedicated to the glory of God, and in honor and memory of the men from Charlotte County who fought and died for the Confederacy.   
 
The groups co-sponsor the flag site, which is visible on the roadside along 360 in Charlotte County.  The granite marker was purchased from Monuments Across Dixie, an organization in Alabama working to add Confederate monuments and memorials across the South.  
 
The Virginia Flaggers have raised 34 roadside memorial battle flags across the Commonwealth. 

To assist with these projects, please make checks payable

“The Virginia Flaggers” and mail to: P.O. Box 1427, Amherst, VA 24521

Or contribute through PayPal:  Donate Here

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Judge Rules Against Family of General A.P. Hill in Lawsuit to Stop Grave Desecration

 

 
A. P. Hill Monument, Richmond, Virginia Photo Courtesy Judy Smith Photography
 
A judge has ruled in favor of the city of Richmond in a lawsuit concerning the A.P. Hill statue, potentially clearing the way for the removal of the 130-year-old monument.

In his ruling, Judge David Eugene Cheek Sr. said city officials and not Hill’s descendants get to decide where the statue goes next. While the city wants to give it to the Black History Museum, the descendants wanted it placed in another location.

The plaintiffs still have the opportunity to appeal, and the statue likely won’t be taken down immediately.  While we await the plaintiffs' decision as to the possibility of an appeal, we would like to offer our sincere thanks to S. Braxton Puryear, Esq. and the Hill family for their valiant fight to date on behalf of the general.  

We released the following statement in response to a media request:

The Virginia Flaggers are disgusted, but certainly not surprised that a judge has refused to block the city's plan to desecrate the grave of a war veteran by digging up the remains of a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life on the field of battle.  By refusing the family's reasonable request to move the memorial and his remains to a cemetery of their choosing, and pushing forward with plans to turn them over to the Black History Museum, Stoney is proving what most of us have long known:  that his rabid and illegal cultural cleansing has nothing to do with "unity and inclusion" but is in fact designed to do everything possible to further divide the community by willfully discriminating against a large portion of the population, solely based on hate for a culture and heritage that is different than his own.

Despite the fact that poll after poll has shown that the majority of the citizens of the Commonwealth oppose the destruction of historical memorials, democrats seem hell bent on eliminating any trace of the city’s rich history and heritage, in an attempt to appease the small, but howling mob of “social justice” terrorists who demand their removal, and Republicans, who were swept into office last fall on the heels of the riots and monument destruction, have also been complicit by their silence and inaction.  

We are reminded of a quote by Confederate Admiral Raphael Semmes...”live asses  will kick at dead lions.”  That certainly appears to be the case in the once great Capital city.


Monday, September 5, 2022

"All Glory to God, All Honor to our Confederate Ancestors": Virginia Flaggers Celebrate Anniversary, Thanking God, Supporters, and Volunteers

 



Eleven years ago today, a group of Confederates who barely knew each other got together and decided to take a stand at the Confederate Memorial Chapel in Richmond, Virginia.
None of them could have had any idea what the next eleven years would bring, but God knew, and they believe He was preparing their hearts and hands for what lay ahead. On their 11th anniversary, they pause to thank each and every person whose prayers and support have carried them to this point, and look to the future with renewed determination and a fresh commitment to STAND, FIGHT, and NEVER BACK DOWN!

"All glory to God. All honor to our Confederate ancestors."
On Labor Day, they want to thank all of those who are working hard today, and all year long to help maintain their 30+ memorial battle flag sites across the Commonwealth. 

Last month, they received word that the rope on the Rt. 60 Jackson Farm Memorial Battle Flag Site in Lexington had broken and the flag was down.  These repairs can be expensive, as a crane is often needed to install a new rope.

 They put out the word that help was needed... and want to give a HUGE
shoutout to the folks at Topless Tree Works who donated their time and equipment to help the Guardian of the Flag replace the broken rope.
 
 
The flag is back up and flying high!
 
Va Flaggers' Guardians of the Flags in Danville were also busy last month, changing out flags at a half dozen of their Roadside Memorial Battle Flag sites in and around Danville!
The Virginia Flaggers are truly grateful for all of those who give of their time and resources to help keep fresh flags flying and the grounds maintained at these and all of their sites around the Commonwealth, AND to all of those whose generous support and continued prayers make it all possible.