Virginia Flagger Update
May has been another busy month for the Va Flaggers. Thursday, May 3rd, we had 13 Flaggers on the Boulevard, Saturday, May 5th brought out 8 Flaggers, and Thursday, May 10th saw 15 Flaggers, who were treated to Confederate sunglasses and ink pens, courtesy of our friends at Ruffin Flag Co.! 🙂 Saturday, May 12th was a bit slow as far as conversations go, with not much foot traffic on the sidewalk, but ended with a bang when a visit from the Richmond Police Dept. informed us of a "No Trespassing with Flags" order from the UDC.
Our flagging efforts continue at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. We are flagging every Saturday, and one weeknight each week. Please contact us if you are interested in joining in these efforts.
We will be flagging the VMFA Thursday this week, May 17th, 4:00 p.m. – Dusk and Saturday , May 19th, 9 a.m. -1 p.m.
After flagging Saturday, we will be heading over to Gaines Mill to attend the dedication of the Texas monument on the Gaines Mill Battlefield. More information here: http://www.saverichmondbattlefields.org/events.htm
On Memorial Day, we will head up to Fredericksburg in the morning to join the newly formed Fredericksburg Flaggers as they line the streets with Confederate flags on the route of the "Memorial Day Procession", which will NOT include remembering our Confederate dead…
That afternoon, the Va Flaggers will be presenting a wreath at the Annual Confederate Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m., Hugenot Springs Confederate Cemetery, Powhatan County, just off Route 60 on Hugenot Springs Road.
Saturday, June 2nd will be a big day for the Va Flaggers. We will kick it off at 9:00 a.m. by attending the Ceremony for President Jeff Davis’ 204th birthday anniversary at 9:00 a.m., Hollywood Cemetery. The Va Flaggers will be presenting a wreath during the service. Immediately following the service, we are asking/inviting ALL Confederates to join us on the Boulevard for a Mass Flagging of the VMFA. We hope to be able to line the sidewalk with folks who are willing to forward the colors in honor of President Davis, and in protest of the VMFA and their refusal to return the Confederate Battle Flags to the Confederate Memorial Chapel.
We are excited to share that in addition to the new Fredericksburg division of the Va Flaggers, Flagging groups are being formed all across the South! Groups have formed in Texas, Florida and Tennessee over the past few weeks and we are working with them to get on the street and Flagging! If you are interested in joining them, or flagging in your neck of the woods, give us a shout and we will help get you on the sidewalk and forwarding the colors!
Our calendar is filling up fast and I’m sure yours is, too. Flagging is not ALWAYS about protesting. Flaggers also carry our flags for education, and to honor our ancestors and their memory. Is there a Confederate event planned in your area? Carry your flag! It will give you an opportunity to talk to people about your flag and what we are all about, hand out literature to those who may be interested in becoming a Flagger, and forward the colors in a friendly venue. Flaggers also carry flags at memorial services, honoring our gallant dead and adding to the Confederate presence, in reverent homage.
New video of Virginia Flaggers honoring our Confederate dead…
May 19th: Dedication of the Official Texas Monument at Gaines Mill Battlefield, to Hood’s Texas Brigade. 2:00 p.m. http://www.hoodstexasbrigade.org/mon-dedication.html
May 28th: 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Service at the Confederate War Memorial/Pelham Chapel.
May 28th: 10:30 a.m. – Fredericksburg, Flagging the Memorial Day Procession. http://blogs.fredericksburg.com/pastisprologue/2012/05/10/memorial-day-procession-planned-in-fredericksburg/
May 28th:Annual Confederate Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m., Hugenot Springs Confederate Cemetery, Powhatan County, just off Route 60 on Hugenot Springs Road. Guest speaker, CIC Michael Givens. Bagpipe band, rifle and cannon salute, light refreshments. Free and open to the public. Contact Jim Cochrane at’email@example.com’, for info or to place a wreath.
May 28th: The Dearing-Beauregard Camp #1813 will host its 14th Annual Memorial Day Service on Memorial Hill in Historic Blandford Cemetery at 319 South Crater Road, Petersburg, Virginia at 3:00 p.m. This year’s keynote speaker will be Mr. Patrick Falci, portrayed Lt. General A.P. Hill in the movie “Gettysburg”. Music will be performed by noted Southern Singer and Songwriter Stan Clardy. There will be a wreath laying ceremony and Color Guard. Period Attire is encouraged. This year’s service is in honor of G. W. Slifer of the Stonewall Brigade, Co. G, 2nd Virginia Infantry. A grave dedication will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the grave site. For additional information please contact Bill James at 804-520-1793 firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 2nd: Confederate President Jeff Davis’ 204th birthday anniversary at 9:00 a.m., Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia. Bagpipe band, musicans, porta johns, folding chairs, free ice water and light refreshments, donations cheerfully accepted. Rifle and cannon salutes. Guest speaker Michael Givens. Ceremonial flags, with certificate, available for donation. To participate or to place a wreath contact Jim Cochrane at ‘email@example.com. For further information or to make donations, contact Everette Ellis at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’. Free programs and souviner ribbons available. Free and open to the public. There will be an SCV National Medal Of Honor bestowal on Pvt. Lawrence Berry, 3rd Company, Washington Artillery, Louisianna, on Saturday, June 2nd, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia, in conjuction with the Jeff Davis service. CIC Michael Givens will present the award to a representative of the Petersburg Siege Museum, who will place the award on permanent display at the museum. Pvt. Berry is known as the ‘Hero Of Fort Gregg’, for his action on April 2, 1865, which allowed General Robert E. Lee to withdraw his Confederate forces in an orderly manner from the Petersburg battlefield. Click here to view a color image of Pvt. Berry or click here to view a short article about Pvt. Berry. The research for this project was done by past 1st Lt. Commander, Virginia Division, Mike Thomas, and also John Henry Taylor, of the Robert E. Lee Camp in Midlothian. Both compatriots will be participating in the presentation.
FOLLOWING the service, we are calling on ALL Flaggers, and all Confederates to gather at the VMFA for a MASS FLAGGING for the rest of the day.
June 9th: 147th Consecutive Annual…"9th of June" Ceremony at Blandford Church Confederate Memorial Shrine, Petersburg, Virginia. Blandford Cemetery, Crater Road, Petersburg, Virginia. Time is 5:00 PM. Free.
June 30: Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery Pilgrimage. http://www.plpow.com/DOPL_2012pilgrimage.pdf
July 22: Please join us at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, July 22, 2012 in Stonewall Confederate Cemetery (located within Mount Hebron Cemetery) in Winchester, Virginia when the Texas Division Children of the Confederacy will dedicate a 10 1/2 ft.,"150 Years of Remembrance" Memorial Monument honoring six (6) Texas Confederate soldiers. The top of the monument will feature a 12 inch stainless steel star which is being made in Austin, TX. The star will be shipped to Virginia to be placed on top of the monument which will serve as a perpetual memorial to the men who served from the Lone Star State. The monument is the President’s Project of Miss Kassidi Woodlock, President, 2011-2012, The Texas Division Children of the Confederacy.
September 15: 9th Annual Richard "Dick" Poplar Day at 11:30 a.m. Memorial Hill, Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia
Look for more details on these and many other Confederate events planned in the coming months!
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