Sunday, December 20, 2015

Va Flaggers: Roadside Battle Flag Raised in TEXAS!

Last December, I had the pleasure and honor of visiting Temple, TX to speak with the Major Robert M. White Camp #1250.

The friendships formed during that trip continue to this day, and the mutual respect has grown over the past year.  Camp #1250 continues to be one of our best and most generous supporters.

Earlier this month, we received word that the camp had placed a flag pole on SH95 in Holland, TX, but were waiting on a flag, which had been on back order for some time.


We checked our inventory, found that we had what they needed and immediately shipped them a 10' x 15' Battle Flag. We were thrilled to receive this message a few days later...
"Ladies and gentlemen, our friends at the Va. Flaggers have procured a new 10x15 battle flag for us! I plan to raise it Sat. Dec. 19th at 10AM on my 42ft pole on SH95, top of the hill, 1mile south of the flashing light in Holland. You are all invited to join me and my family for this memorial, and to thank the Flaggers for their assistance!"
Ralph S.
Holland, TX
Yesterday, we were excited to be a part of the ceremony, as we received photos and updates of the flag raising via text, and wanted to share them with all of you. 


What a beautiful sight...and we are a little jealous of the wide open spaces and Texas wind that will keep her flying high! 


Congratulations to the men of the Major Robert M. White Camp...and thank you all for your support!

"For every flag removed, a thousand more will rise to take its place..." 

The compatriots of Camp #1250 told us they expect this to be the first of many more to come.

Susan Hathaway
Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Va Flaggers: Confederate Victories in Roanoke and Danville

ROANOKE -- Last week, we reported that the NAACP in Roanoke, Virginia, working with City Council members, had attempted to have the Battle Flag banned from the city's Christmas Parade. They were unsuccessful, and the NAACP then called for the local SCV to "compromise" and use another flag. 28th Virginia Infantry SCV Camp #491 Commander Mark Craig refused and the call went out for supporters to turn out and line the parade route.

On Friday, the unit marched as planned, without incident:

Spectators and participants reported more flags than ever before in the parade, and overwhelming support by parade watchers, who cheered and shouted as the unit passed by. The NAACP and local Democratic Party called for a protest, and it consisted of less than a dozen people holding banners, who were largely ignored and very strongly outnumbered.

The BEST report, however, came from Dan Smith, a local journalist who had been instrumental in pushing to have the flag banned and calling for protest. He opened his blog report with these comments:
"Simple truth. We lost this round. Lost by a mile. The Confederate Flag supporters are organized and turned out like Donald Trump's hairdressers."

Priceless! From the man who had called for mass protest of the parade...and wound up standing alone!

He went on to report: "I don't know how well our protest of the flying of the Rebel battle flag went, frankly, because the NCAA's protest call was ambiguous (it instructed its people not to turn their backs) and my gang, which I wanted to show up in black and turn their backs when the flag passed, had a crowd of one: me. So, I will concede in much the same way Al Gore conceded to George Bush in 2000."

CONGRATULATIONS to Commander Mark Craig and the 28th Va for their courageous stand, and GOD BLESS all who came out to participate in the parade and/or show their support. What a great night in the Old Dominion and a great example of what can be accomplished when we stand! fight! and NEVER back down!

DANVILLE --  Meanwhile, Confederates in Danville are celebrating another victory after it was announced Friday that Cara Burton, the Director of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, had tendered her resignation.

Ms. Burton was the driving force behind the removal of the Third National Flag from the Confederate Soldiers Monument on the grounds of the Sutherlin Mansion, the Last Capitol of the Confederacy. It was her letter to City Council in September of 2014 that requested the removal that instigated the events which would lead to the City Council vote 11 months later that forced the flag down.

In the few short months since, the backlash from the citizens of Danville has been swift and strong: 9 new massive roadside battle flags have been installed, a lawsuit was filed and is pending appeal, the city is rife with division and strife, and Ms. Burton and the museum were the subjects of heated protests and efforts to put the museum back in the hands of those who honor and respect our heritage.

One down, a couple of scalawag City Council members to go!

Finally, we are pleased to share that new billboards have been installed at the Danville flag site #8, on Highway 58, just East of Danville, and are greeting residents and visitors as they enter and leave town...



Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

Monday, December 7, 2015

Va Flaggers: Mechanicsville Christmas Parade: Dixie is Alive and Well!

Over the years, we have enjoyed participating in the Mechanicsville Christmas Parade.  It is always very Confederate friendly, and we receive a warm welcome and support from organizers and spectators.  We had to wonder, with the PC anti-Confederate backlash set in motion since Governor Haley stripped the Confederate Flag from the Confederate Monument in Columbia almost 5 months ago, if things might be different this year.  Turns out it was VERY different, but not in the way we might have guessed.
From the moment we stepped off and offered the first child a stick flag, we were literally swarmed with kids (and adults!) wanting flags.  Before we had gotten halfway through the parade route we had given out over 1,000 flags, and exhausted our supply.  

General Jackson was a huge hit with the kids! 
Over 50 strong, our group was the first in a series of Confederate units that were grouped together in the parade. The Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters Color Guard led our unit, and almost as soon as the flags came into sight, we could hear the crowd start to roar!
The scene was repeated over and over again as we were met with rousing cheers and enthusiastic support throughout the entire parade, much more so than in previous years.
We were greeted with shouts of "God bless y'all"  "Keep it flying" and many, many expressions of thanks. 

For our Flaggers, it was a welcome and much needed break from dealing with the hate, bigotry, and abuse they often face on the front lines.  The overwhelmingly positive response and show of love and support was a great boost and almost every participant commented on the incredible experience.

We were absolutely stunned...and the outpouring of support and encouragement. 

Pay no attention to the haters, folks...Dixie is alive and well...and rising... and we saw the evidence on full display on a beautiful afternoon in Mechanicsville, Virginia yesterday!

Many thanks to the Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters, SCV, CAPTAIN Sally Tompkins OCR, Capt. William Latane Camp, SCV, and the Army of Northern Virginia Mechanized Cavalry for joining us to ring in CHRISTmas in Dixie, Va Flagger style!

Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150