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Mary Tyler Moore’s Journey From Liberal To Confederate Supporter

From: Dixie Heritage Newsletter Date: Fri, Feb 3, 2017 Subject: Mary Tyler Moore’s journey from Liberal to Confederate Supporter   The Confederate flag, which was to be removed from the main courtroom in the renovated York County, South Carolina Courthouse will be displayed there after all.   York County Clerk of Court David Hamilton said Friday removing the flag would violate South Carolina’s Heritage Act.   Hamilton’s decision to put the flag back in the courtroom reverses his decision that we reported last week, when he believed he had authority under state law as clerk and legal authority to move the flag and other Civil War items to another spot (storage room) in the building.   Hamilton said he had met with two lawyers and others about the decision before announcing it in The Herald on Tuesday and did not believe it violated the state law, which requires legislative action by the S.C. General Assembly to change historical markers, monuments or buildings. The plan was to keep the items within the walls of the courthouse but not in a viewable area.   But Hamilton, a Republican who has been county clerk of court for 21 years, said after his decision was reported, he was contacted by state officials who did a more formal legal review. Hamilton said he was told that removing the items could violate the law. So the flag, and five other historical flags, pictures of Confederate generals and other items, will go back into the courtroom.   “The decision to change course and put the items back in the courtroom came after additional research, and is one hundred percent not my personal feelings one way or another,” Hamilton said late Friday. “This decision is to be in compliance with a more strict interpretation of the Heritage Act.”…

Chesapeake Expressway Jackson Greys Memorial Battle Flag Raised in Tidewater

From: Virginia Flaggers To: Susa Date: January 28, 2017 Subject: Chesapeake Expressway Jackson Greys Memorial Battle Flag Raised in Tidewater   Latest roadside memorial battle flag raised in memory of the men of the 61st Virginia Infantry, Co. A.   The Virginia Flaggers are pleased to announce the dedication of the Chesapeake Expressway Jackson Greys Memorial Battle Flag. On Saturday morning, the 8’x 8′ Army of Northern Virginia Battle Flag was raised adjacent to Rt. 168, the heavily traveled expressway used to travel to the Outer Banks. The site is located close to the toll booth, and one of our landowners mentioned that he gets a kick out knowing folks were going to have to pay $8 to get to see the flag!   The flag is located just a few miles from the Jackson Greys monument, and was named in honor of the men of the 61st Virginia Infantry, Co. A, During the ceremony, Mrs. Jean Spencer, President of the Norfolk County Grays, Niemeyer-Shaw Chapter of the UDC shared a history of the unit.   Veterans of 61st Virginia Infantry Regiment, Company A gather at the Jackson Greys monument in 1905.   Flag of the 61st Virginia Infantry   “This flag was in the Seven Days, this flag flapped at Chancelorsville; this flag was on the ridge at Gettysburg, this flag went through all the experiences, and all the blood and slaughter at the Wilderness and at Spotsylvania Courthouse; this flag was at Reams Station; this flag – my father saw it – came up the hill when the Crater was recovered at the end of July in 1864; and this flag, with the tears of the men who bore it, was laid down on that red clay…” ~ Douglas Southall Freeman   A crowd of over 100 was…

Demopolis City Council Addresses Damaged Monument

Demopolis City Council addresses damaged monument January 20, 2017 by Stewart Gwin   The Demopolis City Council used the majority of its meeting Thursday to discuss the future of the Confederate Monument that was damaged when an on-duty police officer struck the monument in the early morning hours of July 16, 2016.   With over 40 in attendance, Mayor John Laney opened the meeting by explaining that the meeting was not a public hearing; rather, it was an open meeting that offered the public the ability to witness the city council carry on its business.   Laney announced that the city has closed on the acquisition of the property required to expand the road near the chip mill at the airport industrial park. The engineering firm has been contacted and work is to begin soon. Attorney Scott Stapp of Manley, Trager, Perry, Stapp & Compton said that they were reviewing the procedure currently in place for dilapidated housing and had no report for the council at this time. The firm hopes to simplify the procedure in the future.   In unfinished business, Councilman Nathan Hardy said that the Roman Alley access project is still underway and he met with property owners recently on the project.   Councilman Charles Jones updated the council on the Decatur Street ditch project.   “P.O.s are in place and pipes have been ordered,” said Jones. “We’ve still got some issues with the water department, so we’ve got to get with them to work those out.”   The final agenda item in unfinished business was the Confederate Monument.   Laney updated those in attendance on the status of the monument.   “Number one, there was an accident where the statue was hit and the Confederate soldier atop the statue fell off the statue and it’s broken…

Robert E Lee Monument To Stay In Charlottesville

From: Hathaway, Susan Date: Wed, Jan 18, 2017 Subject: Robert E Lee Monument to Stay in Charlottesville To: Va Flaggers   http://vaflaggers.blogspot.com/2017/01/robert-e-lee-monument-will-stay-in.html   VICTORY IN CHARLOTTESVILLE! WES BELLAMY’S MOTION TO MOVE THE ROBERT E. LEE STATUE FAILS…   …AND KRISTEN SZAKOS, THE WOMAN WHO FIRST CALLED FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE MONUMENT, ANNOUNCES SHE WILL NOT RUN FOR RE-ELECTION!     The motion failed on a 2-2 vote, at their regularly scheduled session last night, with Bellamy and Szakos voting to move the monument, Galvin and Mayor Signer voting to keep it in place, and Fenwick abstaining. Later, Bellamy and Szakos put forth multiple motions with different wording but with the same call to remove the monument, all of which resulted in the same 2-2 vote, ending in defeat each time.   This decision will save the citizens of Charlottesville millions in wasted legal fees. Lawyers were standing by with injunctions and law suits ready to file had Bellamy’s motion passed. City Councillors knew this and opinions from their own City Attorney and the Commonwealth’s Attorney General confirmed that moving the monuments would have violated state law.   Disgraced Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy had called for his supporters to show up in force and apparently they did.   After the initial vote, chaos erupted in council chambers and police and council members had to step in to intervene. With the official closing of the Blue Ribbon Commission, the Va Flaggers call for the immediate resignation of Wes Bellamy and an end to the whole fiasco. It is obvious that he does not have the support of his peers or his constituents. He is clearly out of touch with the citizens of Charlottesville, unfit for office, and if allowed to remain on City Council, will continue to be a distraction and impediment…

Lee Jackson Day March – Confederate Push Back In Lexington, Va

From: Virginia Flaggers To: Susa Date: January 17, 2017 Subject: Lee Jackson Day March – Confederate Push Back in Lexington, Va   The morning of Saturday, January 14th , 2017, Lee-Jackson Day in Lexington, Virginia, dawned cold and drizzly. As we made our way out to a parcel of land just West of Lexington on Rt. 60, at the edge of Washington & Lee University, we wondered if the inclement weather would affect the turnout for the dedication of the 4th Roadside Memorial Confederate Battle Flag in Lexington. Although there had only been a few days’ notice given, word of efforts by the Rockbridge County Director of Community Development to stop the installation of the flag pole in the days leading up to the service had caused an uproar in the community and when we arrived an hour and a half early, people were already there. By the time the service started, the rain had let up and an estimated 250 people had gathered.   While the CARE parade was taking place a few miles away, we raised and dedicated a 20’ x 30’ Confederate Battle Flag on a 90’ pole.   We were pleased to have Sons of Confederate Veterans National Executive Director Michael Landree to bring the dedication remarks, and the crowd thrilled as the flag was hoisted high to the sound of the “Bonnie Blue Flag” on bagpipes. A musket salute followed the flag raising, where the flag was dedicated “To the Glory of God and in honor and memory of Generals Lee & Jackson, and all of our Confederate heroes.” Special thanks to the Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters, Camp #3000, SCV from Mechanicsville for supplying the Color Guard.   The Lexington 60 West Memorial Confederate Battle Flag is the 25th flag raised in the Commonwealth since the…

Keep Northern Texts Out Of Southern Schools

Keep Northern Texts Out of Southern Schools   “The true cause of the War Between the States was the dignified withdrawal of the Southern States from the Union to avoid the continued breaches of that domestic tranquility guaranteed, but not consummated by the Constitution, and not the high moral purpose of the North to destroy slavery, which followed incidentally as a war measure.   As to the war itself and the result thereof, the children of the future would be astonished that a people fought so hard and so long with so little to fight for, judging from what they gather from histories now in use, prepared by writers from the North. They are utterly destitute of information as to events leading to the war. Their accounts of the numbers engaged, courage displayed, sacrifices endured, hardships encountered, and barbarity practiced upon an almost defenseless people, whose arms-bearing population was in the army, are incorrect in every way.   A people, who for four long years, fought over almost every foot of their territory, on over two thousands battlefields, with the odds of 5,864,272 enlisted men against their 600,000 enlisted men, and their coasts blockaded, and rivers filled with gunboats, with 600 vessels of war, manned by some 35,000 sailors, and who protracted the struggle until over one-half of their soldiers were dead from the casualties of war, had something to fight for.   They fought for the great principle of local self-government and the privilege of managing their own affairs, and for the protection of their homes and firesides.   The facts are that while the South has always been prominent in making history, she has left the writing of history to New England historians, whose chief defect is “lack of catholic sympathy for all the sections of the country.”…

Lee-Jackson Day 2017 Part 1 – Flagging Friday

From: Virginia Flaggers To: Susa Date: January 15, 2017 Subject: Lee-Jackson Day 2017 Part 1 – Flagging Friday   We kicked off the Lee-Jackson Day Weekend in Lexington on Friday with a 10:00 a.m. meeting at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery. After receiving instructions, schedules, and fliers to distribute, about 50 Flaggers, many joining us for the first time, hit the streets of Lexington! There were folks from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Mississippi, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Missouri, and Montana, among others…   Those who stood vigil on Main Street and at Washington & Lee University reported overwhelmingly positive responses. Citizens and university students often stopped to shake our hands and thank us for being out there. We did not see ONE anti-Confederate protester all day on Friday. One woman stopped at our corner and rolled down her window and told us that she had just left her office on Main Street for lunch, but that she had left her door unlocked in case any of our folks needed to get some water or use the bathroom.   Many shop owners waved, saluted, or gave thumbs ups from their stores or offices, and several came out to speak with us.   After lunch, we met at the Jackson Farm flag site to change out the flag there, giving everyone a chance to see the flag sites and see the flags raised, while we could inspect the sites and replace the flags.   From there, we headed out to the I-81 site and replaced the 20′ x 30′ flag there…   …and finished up by putting up a new 8’x8′ ANV Battle Flag at the Visitor’s Center site downtown!     From the Visitor’s Center, we grabbed our flags and headed a few blocks over to pay our…

Dixie Heritage News – January 13, 2017

From: Dixie Heritage Newsletter Date: Fri, Jan 13, 2017 Subject: BLACK PANTHERS EMBRACE CONFEDERATE FLAG   REBELS TO PERFORM AT INAUGURAL PARADE   The West Monroe High School marching band is the only Louisiana group scheduled to perform in President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration parade in Washington on Jan. 20, according to a list released by several news outlets.   The school is known for, among other things, allowing the Confederate battle flag at sporting events and for its controversial rebel mascot.   U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, whose district includes the high school, is excited about the local students’ opportunity and was planning to contribute $5,000 to the band’s inauguration fund. He told The News-Star that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, should be given credit for nominating the band for Trump’s inauguration. Scalise, as a member of the GOP leadership in Congress, has better access to Trump than any other member of the Louisiana delegation.   This isn’t the first presidential parade for the West Monroe band. It also performed in 2005 at President George W. Bush’s second inauguration, according to The News-Star.   BLM BOYCOTTS HOUSTON MALL   KTRK TV 13 reports that liberals in Houston are calling for customers to boycott a store inside The Shops at Houston Center because the store owner sells Confederate Flag merchandise.   Dorothea Harris is the owner of Designs by Dorli. She said she has been selling confederate-themed items for years. Recently, she has received backlash from some customers.   “Yesterday, two women stopped by raising hell, calling the mall, hitting my Facebook, leaving nasty messages, threats and all kinds of good stuff,” Harris said.   She said the manager at The Shops at Houston Center asked her to move the merchandise with confederate flag logos into the back closet for…

Cahoon: The Union And The Myth Of The Righteous Cause, Warts And All

From: Virginia Flaggers Date: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 Subject: Cahoon: The Union and the Myth of the Righteous Cause, Warts and All   Great Op/Ed piece in the Roanoke Times this morning/Lexington Lee-Jackson Day Update   Excellent piece published in the Roanoke Times today, and reprinted below:   http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/commentary/cahoon-the-union-and-the-myth-of-the-righteous-cause/article_c934992d-c511-5dca-87d6-304f38e439d4.html   The Union and the Myth of the Righteous Cause,   Warts and All   Halford Ryan is at it again with his recent one dimensional interpretation of why the Confederate soldier fought. He challenges Virginia Flaggers and SCV to respond to what he considers embarrassing questions.   I am here to respond and to remain at the service of anyone who still believes in The Myth of The Righteous Cause and the nobility of the Union Army destroying the southern states as conquered providences.   Let’s lay some facts on the table. The Civil war was caused by secession. Secession had multiple causes including fear of instant emancipation.   For the deep South, this brought out legitimate of fears of the Santo Domingo effect and the Nat Turner revolt, both where whites were slaughtered.   Ryan either forgets or is unaware of Southern efforts toward ante bellum emancipation that were botched by the likes of William Lloyd Garrison. For years leading up to the war there had been a moral recognition and multiple solutions proposed by the South. Slavery was immoral, inefficient and would ultimately die out.   Not mentioned are Lincoln’s racists quotes that he was simply fighting to restore the Union and wanted all blacks freed and sent back to Africa.   How about that for warts and all. This is the great Myth of The Righteous Cause   White supremacy flowed from the mouth of Lincoln and every American, north and south. To assign it only to…

2016 Year In Review

From: Virginia Flaggers Date: Mon, Jan 2, 2017 Subject: 2016 Year In Review   Counting our blessings…and looking forward to 2017 with anticipation and renewed determination!   The Virginia Flaggers finished our final week of 2016 with a strong showing on the Boulevard in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. At the close of the year, we marked 72 consecutive months of weekly protests against the forced removal of Confederate flags form the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel by VMFA officials.   Thursday, December 29, we had a half dozen flaggers on duty, including a special guest Flagger all the way from GEORGIA. He filed this report:   At least one great conversation was held with 3 young girls and a gentleman. Education is our goal. Weather was bad in the morning, stopped for a few hours, started back raining early in the afternoon. But God smiled on us and the clouds broke and it was a great day afterwards. Temps dropped quick with the setting sun. But pride in our Confederate Ancestors kept our hearts and spirits warm. Proud to be amongst my Virginia Flaggers family!   Saturday, January 31st was a brisk, windy day, beautiful, but chilly when over a dozen flaggers gathered on the Boulevard to ring in the new year, Flagger style!. Flaggers reported mostly positive conversations, with one flagger sharing this report of one of their encounters:   “Two of us were standing at one end of the sidewalk, and a man approached us from across the lawn. Honestly, we were a bit apprehensive at first, as he walked directly up to us and asked “what are you people doing out here?” When we explained about the flags being removed from the Confederate Chapel, and our efforts to have them returned, he…

Disgraced Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy Resigns From Albermarle High School Teaching Position

From: Virginia Flaggers Date: Mon, Dec 26, 2016 Subject: Disgraced Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy Resigns From Albermarle High School Teaching Position   ANOTHER victory in Charlottesville as the dominoes continue to fall!   We learned early this evening that the City Councilman behind the effort to remove the Robert E. Lee memorial in Charlottesville has resigned from his position as a teacher at Albermarle High School!!   This follows community outrage after a Charlottesville author exposed numerous vulgar tweets on Bellamy’s “Vice-Mayor” twitter account containing sexist, racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments, and comes just weeks after Virginia Governor McAuliffe forced Bellamy to resign from the State Board of Education last month, after McAuliffe commented that he was “horrified by the content” of the tweets.   Bellamy was placed on administrative leave by the Albermarle County School Board shortly after the vile tweets surfaced, and his resignation comes after outrage from parents and the community, and in spite of efforts by the Albermarle-Charlottesville NAACP to influence the school board’s decision. In a letter sent to the Albermarle County School Board earlier this month, NAACP President Rick Turner urged Bellamy be taken off administrative leave and returned to the classroom.   In contrast to swift action by the Governor and the Albermarle School Board, Charlottesville City Council members have refused to ask for his resignation from City Council, expressed their devotion to Bellamy, and vowed to stand behind him. At a City Council meeting earlier this month, Charlottesville councilmen, instead of condemning Bellamy and calling out his openly racist, homophobic and sexist comments and behavior, chose to instead launch vicious personal attacks against the man who exposed the tweets, as well as anyone who dared to speak out and call for his resignation.   As we reported last week, City Councilmen will…

Charlottesville City Council Hears From Critics of Monument Removal Plans

From: Virginia Flaggers Date: Tue, Dec 20, 2016 Subject: Charlottesville City Council Hears From Critics of Monument Removal Plans   Commission: Majority of citizens support leaving Confederate memorials alone.   On Monday evening, December 19, Charlottesville City Council received the final report from its self-appointed “Blue Ribbon Commission”.   Prior to the meeting, a few of us gathered in LEE Park to pay our respects. As usual, we found the locals very friendly. Once they spoke with us and learned why we were there, they expressed their support for leaving the statue alone. Most of those we spoke with were among the city’s homeless population, who felt that the $700K that City Council wants to spend to move historical monuments could be much better spent. This young man approached us to voice his support, asked if he could have a flag, and posed for photos.   We arrived at council chambers early, and were quickly joined by a good group of men from the Kemper-Fry-Strother SCV Camp #19, the Va Division SCV 4th Brigade Commander, and a large contingency of Charlottesville citizens who were monument supporters. We passed out signs and chatted with folks until the meeting started, at which time a look around chambers showed that supporters of the monument greatly outnumbered those who want to tear it down.   During the matters by the public section of the meeting, no citizens spoke in favor of removing the monument. Teresa Kay Lam, a Charlottesville native, gave a moving speech in favor of the monument, and Susan Hathaway closed out the comments period with an address that ended with a promise…   “In the end, the monuments WILL remain, and the names of Lee and Jackson will be spoken with reverence and honor in the Commonwealth long after each of…

Two New Roadside Confederate Battle Flags Raised in the Commonwealth This Week

From: Virginia Flaggers Date: Sun, Dec 18, 2016 Subject: TWO New Roadside Confederate Battle Flags Raised in the Commonwealth This Week   The Lane-Armistead Camp SCV dedicated its first mega flag, while the 15th flag was added to the Danville skyline.   The Virginia Flaggers are pleased to announce the dedication yesterday of our 24th Roadside Battle Flag in Virginia, and the 15th raised in Danville since Danville City Council voted to strip the 3×5 Third National from the Confederate Monument on the grounds of the Last Capitol of the Confederacy.   In a private ceremony, an 8′ x 8′ Army of Northern Virginia Battle Flag was raised on a 40′ pole on Mount Cross Road, and dedicated in memory of our dear friend, Mrs. Nancy Pritchett, a Danville native who passed away three months ago. Mrs. Nancy was a true Southern lady and a fierce defender of the honor of her ancestors and the flags under which they fought and died. In July, she dressed in full dress and brought her oxygen to attend the Cabell Flag dedication, despite failing health and temperatures over 100 degrees.   Winter weather did not prevent Nancy’s friends and family from gathering for the dedication and those in attendance reported many honks of approval from passing traffic. Once the flag was raised, neighbors came by to shake the hands of the crew from Sky High Poles, and voice their approval for Danville’s newest roadside flag.   This flag was dedicated to the Glory of God, in loving remembrance of Mrs. Nancy Pritchett, and in memory and honor of our Confederate heroes.   “The world shall yet decide in truth’s clear far-off light That the soldiers who wore the gray, and died with Lee, were in the right.”   Congratulations to the Lane-Armistead Camp…

Reminder: Charlottesville City Council to Discuss LEE Park and RE Lee Monument TODAY

From: Virginia Flaggers Date: Mon, Dec 19, 2016 Subject: Reminder: Charlottesville City Council to Discuss LEE Park and RE Lee Monument TODAY   “Blue Ribbon Commission” to present its final report to City Council tonight.     CALL TO ACTION! TONIGHT, Monday December 19, the Charlottesville Blue Ribbon Commission to Destroy Monuments will present its recommendations to City Council. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. We will meet at Lee Park at 4:30 and plan to be in our seats for the meeting by 5:30, but please come when you can. We need ALL HANDS ON DECK to make a huge statement. We have signs like this one to pass out so that you can hold one, if you wish.   If you wish to address City Council, you will need to sign up here for the lottery selection… http://www.charlottesville.org/departments-and-services/departments-a-g/city-council/council-members You must make your request before 9:00 a.m. MONDAY morning.   Please spread the word and let’s pack City Hall in support of Robert E. Lee!   If you cannot attend, make sure and call and/or send an email BEFORE NOON MONDAY to let City Council members that any attempt to move or alter any Confederate memorial is not only immoral and an offense to all veterans, but is also illegal in the Commonwealth of Virginia .   The FINAL report has been posted online and can be viewed here: http://www.charlottesville.org/home/showdocument?id=49037 ****WARNING: CONTENT MAY CAUSE ELEVATED BLOOD PRESSURE – READ WITH CAUTION****   Our mailing address is: Virginia Flaggers P.O. Box 547 Sandston, VA 23150

Two Veteran Monuments Vandalized In Florida This Week

Press Release – December 19   Media Contact: Save Southern Heritage Florida Spokesman: David McCallister 813-778-1202 Email: floridasshe@gmail.com   TWO VETERAN MONUMENTS VANDALIZED IN FLORIDA THIS WEEK VETERANS GROUP CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION AND ENHANCED PROTECTION OF ALL VETERAN OBSERVANCES   Tampa – In a disturbing trend of continued violence against memorials to American Veterans, two more monuments were reported vandalized last week.   In Tampa, on overnight Tuesday, vandals wrought thousands of dollars of damage on Veterans Memorial Park. The granite memorial was defaced in three places with the letters “BLM”. Additionally, three 20′ flag poles were bent 90′ at the base, and the flags posted were burned.   The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office is conducting an investigation. The total damages may be in excess of $1,000, eligible for a 3rd degree felony conviction.   In Gainesville on Tuesday, vandalism was discovered on the “Old Joe” Cenotaph to Veterans of Alachua County who served during the War Between the States. This is the second vandalisation of this Veteran Cenotaph, the first time being after a Alachua County Commission meeting prior to a vote by the Commission to move the monument from County property to appease a social justice activist that has since moved out of the area. The discovery was made after another meeting of the Commission after another activist, Faye Williams, threatened the Commission with a protest if the monument is not removed, calling it a symbol of ‘white supremacy’.   “Law enforcement has indicated to us that incident like these are related” said David McCallister, Save Southern Heritage Florida spokesman. “Disrespect of Veterans memorials is beneath deplorable” he added. “Floridians realize monuments to dead heroes should be off limits as billboards for social protest and want tougher punishment for damage to these somber, sacred Observances”, McCallister said.  …

Black Activist Threatens Protest Over ‘White Supremacist’ Statue

Press Release -December 14, 2016   Media Contact: Save Southern Heritage Florida Spokesman: David McCallister 813-778-1202 Email: floridasshe@gmail.com   PRESS RELEASE BLACK ACTIVIST THREATENS PROTEST OVER ‘WHITE SUPREMACIST” STATUE   Gainesville – During yesterday’s meeting of the Alachua County Commission, a self proclaimed ‘peace loving’ community activist called for an end to “White Supremacy” in Gainesville through the removal of the “Old Joe”Cenotaph at Alachua County Government center.   About a dozen people showed up to speak in favor of keeping the veterans cenotaph on the Alachua Co. complex, but after their remarks, Faye Williams, whose Facebook page promotes peace, issued a confrontational threat to the Commission and the citizens in attendance promising that “its not over” and “I’ll guaranty that statue comes down”. ​   “Hard working Americans are tired of being called racist” said David McCallister, Save Southern Heritage – Florida spokesman. “Ms. Williams is out of step with America and is not working for unity but is in fact, promoting division and hate between Americans” said McCallister. He cited President Barack Obama’s interview on “The Daily Show” where the President promoted using diplomacy to “appeal to the better angels of our nature” to improve race relations rather than name calling. “Ms. Williams’ main argument for moving the Veterans Cenotaph has been that it is ‘racist’”. “That’s a shop-worn expression, which, after a year, has lost its sting” McCallister added.   “Ms. Williams insulted all the citizens in the room as well as the Commissioners by threatening to practically riot in protest to demand removal of the statute” McCallister added.   The Commission is expected to agenda discussion on the monument in January or February after it receives the formal report from the Alachua County Veterans Advisory Board. The Board unanimously voted in November, just after Veteran’s Day,…

Charlottesville Residents Launch Official Petition to Recall Disgraced Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy

From: Virginia Flaggers Date: Mon, Dec 12, 2016 Subject: Charlottesville Residents Launch Official Petition to Recall Disgraced Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy   In the wake of the revelation of numerous racist, homophobic, sexist and vulgar tweets posted on social media by Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy, there has been an ongoing push to remove him from Charlottesville City Council. Even though an online petition gathered nearly 1,000 signatures in a matter of days, and despite the fact that the Albermarle County School Board placed him on administrative leave and the Governor of Virginia forced him to resign from the State Board of Education, members of city council not only have refused to ask Bellamy to resign, but went as far as to express their unwavering support for the disgraced Vice-Mayor. In response to the lack of action from city council, and on the advice of legal representation, a grassroots group of Charlottesville citizens has drafted an official recall petition, requesting that he be removed from office for “misuse of office’. All registered voters in the city of Charlottesville are eligible to sign, and are asked to contact themaddimension@gmail.com for more information. Efforts to collect the required signatures will begin this week, and once received, the petition will be filed in Charlottesville Circuit Court, with the goal of removing Wes Bellamy from Charlottesville City Council.   Vice-Mayor Bellamy is the driving force behind Charlottesville City Council’s push to tear down the Robert E. Lee monument and rename LEE Park.   “General Lee has no historical ties to the city of Charlottesville,” Bellamy said in an email statement. “Several current residents have stated that they believe the statue was used as a psychological tool to show dominance of the majority over the minority during this time period.”   Calls for the statue’s removal…

Lake City Votes To Protect Veteran’s Observances

Press Release -December 6, 2016   Media Contact: Save Southern Heritage Florida Spokesman: David McCallister 813-778-1202 Email: floridasshe@gmail.com   PRESS RELEASE LAKE CITY VOTES TO PROTECT VETERANS OBSERVANCES   Tampa – FL On Monday in a unanimous vote, the Lake City City Council voted to adopt an Ordinance to protect monuments to Florida veterans in the City.   “We are so pleased that Lake City has decided it is time to respect monuments to those who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice” said David McCallister, Save Southern Heritage – Florida (“SSH FL”) spokesman.   In the last year dozens of monuments to American Veterans have been threatened around the Country, and several have been moved. Recently, the WWII Monument in on the Mall in Washington, DC was vandalized. “Americans understand the significance of the monuments for the service of our Veterans and they believe they should be protected. In many cases, these monuments take the place of an actual grave, as many veterans’ final resting place is unknown” said McCallister.   In the aftermath of the Presidential Election, some Veteran monuments were vandalized by being used as a billboard for social protest. In Richmond, VA, monuments were painted with the words “your vote was a hate crime”. In New Orleans, the Gen. Robert E. Lee monument was painted with multiple messages including “F%&* White People”. ​   “We commend Lake City for taking this step, but they can do more. Floridians expect stricter penalties for vandalism, and stronger protection for these Veteran Cenotaphs” said McCallister. “Florida is a pro-veteran state and Floridians understand how we treat yesterday’s veterans today signals how today’s veterans will be treated tomorrow” he added.   SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE Inc. is a 501 c (4) public welfare corporation that educates & advocates on behalf of…

A Very Confederate Christmas Parade – Mechanicsville, Virginia 2016

From: Virginia Flaggers Date: Wed, Dec 7, 2016 Subject: A Very Confederate Christmas Parade – Mechanicsville, Virginia 2016   Virginia town, rich in history, proudly celebrates its Confederate heritage as it ushers in the Christmas season.   The day of the 2016 Mechanicsville Rotary/Ruritan Christmas Parade was cloudy and chilly, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds who gathered to usher in Christmas in the small town just east of Richmond. The parade is a popular tradition, with over 100 units participating in the 2 mile route, which is lined with crowds of spectators.   We were honored this year to once again have the Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters Camp #3000 Color Guard, under the leadership of Commander Joe Wright, lead our unit, joined by Greg Randall as Stonewall Jackson. Throughout the parade, they were met with cheers, salutes, and folks standing to honor the soldiers and their flags.   We had over 50 participants in our unit, including folks who came from Farmville, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and across the Commonwealth to join us. We also welcomed our brothers and sisters in the Sally Tompkins Chapter #2, Order of the Confederate Rose and the Army of Northern Virginia Mechanized Cavalry.   Again this year, our stick flags were a HUGE hit. We gave out over 1,000 and ran out before the parade ended, much to the dismay of folks who had lined up to get one. We were overwhelmed by the positive response and cheers of gratitude that we received. Children and adults alike were literally begging us for flags.   The Captain William Latane SCV Camp #1690 was right behind us in the parade lineup, and we could hear the crowd roar every time they stopped to fire their muskets. Just behind them, the Hanover Dragoons,…

The Truth Behind The Rise Of The Confederate Battle Flag

From: Virginia Flaggers [mailto:info=vaflaggers.com@mail135.atl101.mcdlv.net] On Behalf Of Virginia Flaggers Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2016   THE TRUTH BEHIND THE RISE OF THE CONFEDERATE BATTLE FLAG   The scandal that erupted in Charlottesville this week surrounding Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy, and our coverage of it due to the direct connection to his efforts to remove the Robert E. Lee statue and rename Lee Park, has led many Charlottesville citizens to reach out to us. One conversation I had this week with a Charlottesville resident was particularly poignant.   This gentleman said that he first heard of us when Bellamy originally started his war against Charlottesville’s Confederate history and heritage by announcing his intentions to convince City Council to tear down the Robert E Lee monument and rename Lee Park. Although he had never really had any deep affection for the Confederacy, the young man told me that something about the fact that one man was trying to erase history, displace a beautiful monument, and divide the community really bothered him so he went down to Bellamy’s press conference to hear what he had to say. When he got there, he saw the usual Charlottesville leftist activists, contrasted by a number of folks carrying Confederate flags. He went on to say that the sight of those flags really caught him off guard and he admits hesitating when considering whether to approach us. He said that when he did approach and struck up a conversation with a couple of Flaggers, it quickly became clear that we were the good guys… decent, God-fearing Americans fighting with no agenda other than to save our history and heritage from politicians looking to make a name for themselves.   Even so, he remembers that his first impression of us with flags was that we were the “fringe” of…