Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Epic Fail: Stafford County Black Lives Matter Flag Fundraiser Falls Short, Project Abandoned

You may recall that our Fredericksburg I-95 Memorial Battle Flag has been in the news quite a bit over the last few months.

In September, the Stafford County Attorney announced that there was absolutely nothing that Stafford County could do to force the removal of the flag that flies 24/7 in what was recently described as the busiest corridor of I-95, even if they wanted to, because it flies on private property and is protected by the First Amendment.

This announcement was made after agitators attended several County Board of Supervisors meetings, demanding the county take action to have the flag removed. Supervisors have repeatedly informed the agitators that the flag was erected with all necessary permits and following all regulations.

In response, a Fredericksburg area couple filed a complaint, claiming that the flag pole and flag violated zoning ordinances and attempted to convince county officials that the flag was actually a sign, "advertising" for the Va Flaggers.

In early December, after a two month long investigation, county officials once again announced that the flag site did not violate any ordinances and was free to fly on private property.

In the meantime, much press attention was given to a woman who filed a permit to raise a large "Black Lives Matter" flag in her back yard in Stafford.  Her antics made national news and her "go fund me" page quickly raised $8,500 of the $25,000 she claimed to need to raise the flag.

This morning, we received news that Susan Kosior, the woman behind the Black Lives Matter flag raising scheme, has officially thrown in the towel.  Apparently, her fund raising efforts fell flat and the $8,500 she raised was not enough for a pole, much less the installation and flag cost.

After facing criticism from neighbors and citizens, Ms. Kosior has announced she is giving up the project entirely and moving back to New York.

We have no idea what will become of the money collected for the flag that will never be raised, but we certainly wish we could personally send a thank you note to every donor for (apparently) financing her move back to New York...and OUT OF DIXIE.

If this isn't #winning, we don't know what is.  ;)

In the meantime, all of the press attention apparently stirred up and emboldened local troublemakers, who managed to vandalize the site in early October.  The pole was spray painted and the criminals attempted to cut the cable and steal the flag.  They failed.

The graffiti was quickly removed, the damaged cable replaced, and video surveillance cameras added to the site.

Yesterday, our Guardians from the Stafford Light Artillery SCV Camp #2247 spent the morning changing out the 20x30 Army of Tennessee flag.  The existing flag was beginning to show slight wear and it was removed for repairs, and a new flag was raised in its place.
Many thanks to all of you whose support makes the installation and maintenance of these flag sites the landowners who step up and lease us the property...and to all of our Guardians of the Flags who volunteer to maintain and care for the sites.

We are pleased to be wrapping up 2017 with more flags flying than when the year started, several more projects under construction...and one less meddlesome Yankee in the Commonwealth.


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dixie Rising: Another Roadside Memorial Battle Flag Raised in Virginia!

Our friends at the Lane Armistead SCV Camp #1772 in Mathews County, Virginia completed work over the weekend on their FOURTH roadside battle flag installation! 

At 60', this is their tallest pole to date and flies in a great location on Rt. 14 just outside of Mathews, where a dedication ceremony will be held this Saturday at noon. 
Congratulations to the men of the Lane-Armistead SCV Camp #1772!