Va Flaggers VMFA Update 3-20-2013
March came in like a LION in Richmond, Virginia, as we continued our efforts on the Boulevard, protesting the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and its forced removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the Confederate Memorial Chapel.
Friday, March 8 found 12 Flaggers forwarding the colors. The day started off with a little excitement, as shortly after the flaggers arrived, a fire alarm sounded in the museum, sending visitors and employees out into the streets, and in sight of our flags. 🙂 It was apparently either a false alarm or a drill, as they returned inside quickly.
It was a very windy, very chilly, but very BIG night at the VMFA, with several events at the museum, including a black tie event that brought cars streaming in and out all evening….cars that were greeted by Flaggers, and our flags!
There were many good conversations, and we were joined by our Norwegian friend, Christian, again. Grayson provided him with a flag of his own to carry. This was quite the conversation piece on the Boulevard. Even the Security guards were curious…
Christian is a student at VCU, and informed us that he is writing his thesis on..the Virginia Flaggers and our endeavors to honor our ancestors! 🙂 We topped the night off with an encore showing of the Va Flaggers Confederate Picture Show. We like to think the Old Veterans were smiling down on this one…
…as we lit up the night and the museum with the flag that they refuse to recognize on the grounds of Confederate Memorial Park.
The next day, we were back again, with 8 Flaggers, including one very special guest, all the way from ALABAMA! Joe Clark, AL DIV SCV 12th Brigade Commander stopped to visit and joined us. He brought greetings from the AL SCV and UDC, and let us know that they were behind our efforts and wanted to show their support. Thank you, Commander, for honoring us with your visit and for joining us in forwarding the colors!
Thursday, March 14th brought 8 Flaggers out. Traffic was light, and most conversations were supportive…
More photos here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.232381846887108.1073741830.186485551476738&type=3
Saturday, March 16th saw 7 Flaggers. The weather was a bit warmer, but traffic was very light, as Richmonders apparently got an early start on St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Still, we had a good afternoon of forwarding the colors and changing hearts and minds!
More photos here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.232718856853407.1073741834.186485551476738&type=3
Twice a week, every week, we continue to provide a Confederate presence at Confederate Memorial Park, (where the VMFA has banned ALL Confederate flags) educate the public, and forward the colors in honor and memory of our Confederate ancestors.
TODAY, WEDNESDAY, March 20th is a VERY special day and we are calling ALL within traveling distance to make a trip to the Boulevard. We will be flagging from noon – 6:00 p.m. and are asking EVERYONE to join us who is able. All you need is a Confederate flag and a Confederate heart…we will give you the tools and training, and veterans flaggers will be there to help show you the ropes. Come when you can, for as long as you can…just come!
If you cannot attend, please make a point to call the VMFA from 12-6 TODAY. LIGHT UP THE PHONE LINES!! Don’t give up until you reach someone and ask them to return the Confederate Flags to the Confederate Memorial Chapel. Call (804) 340-1504.
Wednesday, March 20th: Flagging the VMFA, NOON – 6:00 p.m., BIG day at the VMFA with Board of Trustees Meetings and other meetings during the afternoon and evening. Come when you can, for as long as you can!
Saturday, March 23rd: Flagging the VMFA 12-4.
Sunday, March 24th: 4:00 p.m. – “Minorities in the Confederate Military – Combat Support”, Historic Blanford Church, 319 Crater Rd., Petersburg
Monday, March 25th: Susan will be traveling to Alabama to speak to the March meeting of the Tallassee Armory Guards, Camp #1921, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Thursday, March 28th: 3-6 Flagging the VMFA
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 – The 14th Annual Lt. General A.P. Hill Memorial Ceremony hosted by the A.P. Hill Camp #167, will be held at 12:00 noon in Dinwiddie, VA. Directions: If you come on I-85 south take exit 63 A, go 1 mile south on Rt.1, turn right onto A.P. Hill Drive next to a car wash. Go half way around the subdivision and park your car, then take the foot path in to the woods. If you come North on Rt.1 just past Pamplin Park, turn left on A. P. Hill Drive. For more information, contact Johnny Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call804-894-3644.
Saturday, April 6th: Noon – 3, Annual Confederate History and Heritage Day, Historic Chesterfield Courthouse Gren, 10011 Iron Bridge Rd., Chesterfield
Sunday April 7th: 2:00 p.m. – Confederate Memorial Service, Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705, UDC, Riverview Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia
Wednesday, April 17th: Wakefield Ruritan Club, 65th Annual Shad Planking, 2:00 – 6:30 p.m., Wakefield Sportsman’s Club, 12205 Brittles Mill Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888, Tickets $25 each. More info here…http://www.shadplanking.com/
Sunday, April 21st: 2:00 p.m. Byrd Theatre, Richmond: "Va Flaggers", a documentary by VCU Student/Film Maker Rob Walker will be shown at the theatre.
Saturday, April 27th: Susan will be traveling to Tampa, FL to represent the Va Flaggers and speak at the ceremony to raise the "World’s Largest 3rd National Flag" by Gen. Jubal A. Early, Camp #556, SCV. http://www.tampascv.org/3rd%20national.htm
Tuesday, April 30th: 7:00 p.m. at the Bedford County/City Museum on Main Street in Bedford, VA (across Court Street from the Bedford Court House) Barry and Susan will travel to Bedford, Virginia to speak to the BEDFORD RIFLE GRAYS #1475, Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Saturday, May 4th: 10:30 a.m. – Commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of Lt. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson Lying in State at the Old House Chamber, State Capitol, Richmond, VA.
Saturday, May 11th: 11:00 a.m. – Annual J.E.B. Stuart Memorial Service at the Yellow Tavern Monument in Glen Allen, VA, sponsored by the Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705, UDC.
Saturday, May 11th: 4:00 p.m. – Confederate Medal of Honor Memorial Service, Blanford Church on the grounds of Blanford Cemetery in Petersburg.
Saturday, June 8th: Annual birthday ceremony for Jefferson F. Davis, at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia. Keynote speaker will be Mr. Bert Hayes-Davis, great great grandson of Jeff Davis.
Saturday, June 29th: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 22nd Annual Point Lookout Pilgrimage, Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.
Thank you for your support!
RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!
See you on the Boulevard!