Va Flaggers Update 7-24-12 Hanover Tomato Festival
On July 14, the Virginia Flaggers participated in the Hanover Tomato Festival, a long standing tradition in Hanover County and one of the biggest events of the year.
We set up a booth and handed out Va Flagger literature and information, and gave away over 850 Confederate Battle Flags to festival participants.
It was a beautiful sight to see the battle flags carried all over the festival grounds! We had the opportunity to talk to hundreds of people, and our information (and especially the free flags) were very well received!
Most of you know that defending attacks on our Heritage and our flags is the main purpose of the Flaggers, but it is important to realize that education and forwarding the colors to the public is another part of what we do, and is something that is desperately needed at county festivals and fairs all across the South!
At the same time the Flaggers were at the Hanover Tomato Festival AND Flagging the VMFA, the Sons of Confederate Veterans were holding their National Reunion in Murfreesboro, TN. We were thrilled to learn that many of our own Va Flaggers received recognition for their work over the past year, including:
Commander-in-Chief’s Award: Everette Ellis
Commendation Award: Jamie Funkhouser
Heritage Defense Medal: Billy Bearden, Jamie Funkhouser
Meritorious Service Medal: Everette Ellis, Bob Harris, Ashleigh Moody, Mike Pullen, and Tracy Wright
Distinguished Service Medal: Billy Bearden, Matthew Heimbach, Grayson Jennings, Tommy Thomas, Capt. Tucker, Willie Wells
Commander-In-Chief’s Ladies Appreciation Award: Susan Hathaway
August 3-5: Sesquicentennial of the Battle of 2nd Manassas. Va Flaggers will attend the activities on Saturday, August 4th, and forward the colors at the National Park and re-enactment events in Manassas.
September 15: 9th Annual Richard "Dick" Poplar Day at 11:30 a.m. Memorial Hill, Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia
September 22: 10TH Alabama Marker Dedication Ceremony, 10:00 a.m. Bristoe Station
Watch for more details soon on these and many other Confederate events planned in the coming months!
More info. can also be found on our public FaceBook page, "Confederate Flaggers: Stand, Fight, and Never Back Down".