Sabotage reported at I-95 Battle Flag site

November 4, 2013
by aldermanlacy

Last month the Constitution-News reported the successful raising of a 15 x 15′ Confederate Battle Flag on Interstate -95 just south of Richmond, Va. The project was the brain child of a Confederate heritage group called The Virginia Flaggers and made both national and international news headlines.

The project was heavily criticized by liberal / progressive groups but was welcomed by people from across the South.

Is it any surprise that today Susan Hathaway, of the Virginia Flaggers reports the theft of a $20,000 piece of equipment at the site? Hathaway writes:

Sometime between the morning of Thursday, October 31st and the morning of Friday, November 1st, an Hitachi excavator was stolen from the RVA Battle Flag Memorial Site in Chester. On September 28, the Va Flaggers raised a 15×15 Battle Flag to honor the memory of Confederate Soldiers who died defending Virginia in the War Between the States.

The equipment, valued at $20,000 was an orange Hitachi EX 100, and had a few strips of red tape on the dented engine compartment door. “Excellent Excavator” is also written on the side of the cab.

Evidence has been collected on the site, and the thieves apparently used a truck and trailer to steal the machinery.

As Chesterfield police officers investigated this afternoon, nearby residents who support the project came out and volunteered to clean up the brush that was to be removed today. They rolled up their sleeves and quickly completed the work. The Virginia Flaggers are very thankful for their support and help, as well as the quick response from the Chesterfield County Police.

This is a minor setback and delay in the scheduled completion of the project, which includes tree removal, lighting, and a security fence.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Chesterfield Police at 748-1251.
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