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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…

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…

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

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…

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…

Victory in Alexandria! Confederate Monument To Stay Put

From: Virginia Flaggers Date: Wed, Nov 30, 2016 Subject: VICTORY in Alexandria! Confederate Monument to STAY PUT   State legislators refuse City Council’s request to seek General Assembly permission to move “Appomattox”.   It appears that Alexandria’s lawmakers have taken the pulse of their constituents and decided that trying to move the monument would not be good for their political careers! They have REFUSED Alexandria City Council’s request to petition the legislature for permission to remove the monument. “Appomattox” will remain right where he should!   https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/not-so-fast-alexandrias-confederate-symbols-will-stay-put-for-now/2016/11/30/9f7bd61a-b731-11e6-959c-172c82123976_story.html?utm_term=.d6d97c8913d3   “State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D), the senior local legislator, told the council that there was no reason to think the legislature would approve an exemption from a state law that prohibits the relocation of war memorials.   “It wouldn’t help us advance the rest of our priorities, and it’s not a productive use of our time,” Ebbin said.   Del. Charniele Herring (D) agreed, adding that there is no legal basis for requesting an exemption. Del. Mark Levine (D) said that after the council’s vote, he received about a dozen calls opposing the statue’s move and none in favor.Ebbin had earlier signaled the unlikelihood of getting such a bill through the legislature, calling it “a non-starter” unless the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which owns the statue, would publicly back the idea of moving it. Mayor Allison Silberberg (D), who met with the group’s local president, said the organization would not take such a stance.”   God bless the ladies of the Alexandria UDC Chapter who DID NOT BACK DOWN OR COMPROMISE!   After the Alexandria City Council voted to try to move the “Appomattox” statue out of this intersection, someone posted a sign on its base calling council members “cowards.” (Linda Kramer Jenning) CALL TO ACTION: Call, email, and/or write these…

Mechanicsville Christmas Parade Details – Sunday, December 4

From: Virginia Flaggers Date: Sun, Nov 27, 2016 Subject: Mechanicsville Christmas Parade Details – SUNDAY December 4   Parade information and drop-off/set up details   THIS Sunday, December 4th, the Virginia Flaggers will once again participate in the Mechanicsville Rotary/Ruritan Christmas Parade. This is a wonderful Richmond area tradition, with over 100 units participating in the two mile route, drawing huge, Confederate friendly crowds. This year, the parade starts at 2:00 p.m.   We will be joined once again this year by the Edmund Ruffin FireEaters Camp #3000, SCV, the Sally Tompkins Chapter #2, OCR, and the Army of Northern Virginia Mechanized Cavalry. ​   We would like to invite you to join us, as well, as we forward the colors, represent our Confederate ancestors, and help ring in the Christmas season!   We are in Division 7:   All participants need to be at the Division 7 staging area between 1:00 and 1:45. You cannot park at the staging area. If you would like a ride to the staging area, meet us at Federated Auto Parts, 8129 Connor Rd. by 12:30 pm, where parking will also be available. Otherwise, you will need to be dropped off at the staging area, or walk from Elm Drive. There will also be shuttle buses running from Elm Drive to the staging area.   The parade’s theme is “The 12 Days of Christmas”. If you have period attire, please consider wearing it, or adding a Christmas touch to street clothing. Participants will have the option of walking with flags, or riding on a flat bed trailer/float with seating.   Please bring a bag of candy, a smile, and a flag, and join us! We will have a good supply of flags to distribute, as well.   After the parade, we have reserved the…

Victory in Virginia! Voters Decidedly Reject Monument Hating Mayoral Candidates

From: Virginia Flaggers <info@vaflaggers.com> Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2016 Subject: Victory in Virginia! Voters Decidedly Reject Monument Hating Mayoral Candidates   Anti-monument Mayoral candidates defeated in Richmond and Portsmouth.   In the midst of all the election excitement last night, two small, but very important races were decided in Virginia, and in both cases, voters rejected candidates who were outspoken in their desire to remove Confederate monuments.   VICTORY IN RICHMOND! Mayoral candidate and former front runner LOSES his bid for election after calling for removal of Jefferson Davis monument.   We reported earlier that Joe Morrissey had announced at a press conference in September that he would make removing the Jefferson Davis monument his first priority when elected, only to back track a few days later. http://vaflaggers.blogspot.com/2016/10/joe-morrissey-i-was-wrong-backpedals-on.html   Before election night, he would once again voice a desire to remove the monument, and was billed as the front runner going into last night’s election. We are pleased to report that Morrissey LOST his bid for election last night!   http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_7e0c5ff2-3e62-5ac5-b09d-31cf74d8d8b0.html     VICTORY IN PORTSMOUTH! Monument hating incumbent Mayor loses re-election!   In Portsmouth, incumbent Mayor Kenny Wright had been one of the major forces driving City Council’s (so far) failed attempts to remove Portsmouth’s Confederate monument.   “You got people that want it to go and I`m one of those people,” says Mayor Wright. “It truly is a symbol of hate, racism, division, slavery and all of those horrible things that happened during that period.” –   After a heated race, Mayor Wright was DEFEATED last night by challenger John Rowe.   http://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/local/john-rowe-defeats-mayor-kenny-wright-in-portsmouth/article_a7b7b854-5af6-5b08-addb-d8e609d69056.html   These are VERY positive, VERY good developments in the Old Dominion, and more evidence of a citizenry that is sick and tired of the PC madness that has swept across our nation. Even so,…

2016 Mechanicsville Rotary/Ruritan Christmas Parade

From: Virginia Flaggers <info@vaflaggers.com><br /> Date: Mon, Nov 7, 2016<br /> Subject: 2016 Mechanicsville Rotary/Ruritan Christmas Parade &nbsp; On Sunday, December 4th, the Virginia Flaggers will once again participate in the Mechanicsville Rotary/Ruritan Christmas Parade. This is a wonderful Richmond area tradition, with over 100 units participating in the two mile route, drawing huge, Confederate friendly crowds. This year, the parade starts at 2:00 p.m. &nbsp; At a time when many localities and civic organizations across the country are banning our organizations and our Battle Flags from parades, the folks in charge of this parade actually contacted us to request we bring as many Confederates and Confederate flags as possible! We hope to oblige their request! &nbsp; We will be joined once again this year by the Edmund Ruffin FireEaters Camp #3000, SCV, the Sally Tompkins Chapter #2, OCR, and the Army of Northern Virginia/Mechanized Cavalry. ​ &nbsp; We would like to invite you to join us, as we forward the colors, represent our Confederate ancestors, and help ring in the Christmas season! &nbsp; This year’s parade’s theme is “The 12 Days of Christmas”. If you have period attire, please consider wearing it, or adding a Christmas touch to street clothing. Participants will have the option of walking with flags, or riding on a flat bed trailer/float with seating. &nbsp; We will have more information as to where to meet and what time when we receive our parade lineup, two weeks prior to the event. Stay tuned for more details, but in the meantime, save the date and make plans to join us! &nbsp; Susan Hathaway<br /> Va Flaggers &nbsp; UPCOMING EVENTS &nbsp; Thursday, November 10th: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond &nbsp; Saturday, November 12th: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Flagging the VMFA,…

Charlottesville Commission Votes to Recommend Confederate Statues STAY in City Parks

From: Virginia Flaggers Date: Thu, Nov 3, 2016 Subject: Charlottesville Commission Votes to Recommend Confederate Statues STAY in City Parks   A step in the right direction, but the fight is far from over…     At Tuesday night’s meeting of Charlottesville’s “Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials, and Public Spaces”, commission members voted 6-3 to recommend that the statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson REMAIN in Charlottesville’s City Parks, which also bear their names.   Along with that vote, they will recommend that the names of the Parks be changed, and that the history surrounding the statues is “retold” and their meanings “transformed.”   Perhaps the most troubling recommendation was one to make March 3 offically “Liberation Day” or “Freedom Day” to recognize the day that Charlottesville was surrendered to the Yankee invaders in 1865. This on the heels of City Council’s decision to remove Lee-Jackson Day from the city calendar.   http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/panel-votes-to-recommend-keeping-statues-in-their-parks/article_30049e90-a0a5-11e6-80de-f704bb943291.html   The GOOD NEWS is that the panel made the RIGHT recommendation to keep the statues, since moving them would be a violation of state law. We will remind the commission and City Council that any attempt to alter the monuments is also a violation of state law, so that their PC attempts to “retell” the history and “transform” their meanings will have to be done at a distance and thankfully can be removed and replaced just like the council members themselves.   We are cautiously optimistic, considering that commission members have flip flopped continuously in the months since the panel was created.   A quick rundown of commission members’ stated positions will help to explain our caution:   Gathers wants to move both. Douglas insisted in a fog of academic art-speak jargon that putting Lee in his place can’t be done without moving…