From: Va Flaggers <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 6, 2014
Subject: Va Flaggers Update: VMFA – Raising the Black Flag

Chilly, but clear, last Tuesday, February 25th saw a dozen Flaggers gather on the Boulevard.  We were able to spread the line to wrap around to the entrance of the VMFA, and our signs and 20′ flags brought many honks of approval and support!

For the first time since we began Flagging the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in October, 2011, we were confronted by "counter protestors". This young man parked his trike in the midst of the Flaggers, and proceeded to blast profanity-laced music from his MP3 player.  It didn’t take long for him to realize that we were not going to give an inch, or give him any attention, and he soon tired and left.

Saturday, March 1st, 10 Flaggers spent the afternoon on the Boulevard.  We were thrilled to have several out of town flaggers stand with us, including Va Flagger friend and supporter Joe Clark, Alabama Division SCV South East Brigade Commander.  After helping out at Hollywood Cemetery, Cmndr. Clark spent the afternoon forwarding the colors and holding the line.  What an amazing show of support!  Thank you, Sir, for taking time out of your trip to Richmond to join the Flaggers and stand with us!  God bless the boys from Alabama!

It was a beautiful day, with another visit from the protestor, this time drawing the attention of VMFA security, but again, proving futile in his attempts to drive away the Flaggers.  Despite the interruption, Flaggers were able to talk with museum visitors, tourists, and residents, distributing literature, educating them about the situation with the Chapel, changing hearts and minds, and HAVING FUN!

Virginia Flaggers Call to Action!

Flagging the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, TODAY, Thursday, March 6, 3:00 pm – Dusk, 200 N. Boulevard.

March marks the start of our 30th month of Flagging the VMFA, in response to the forced removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel in Richmond. The length of time has served to strengthen our resolve, as our numbers and support continues to grow. Instead of surrender, our Flaggers are determined to RAISE THE BLACK FLAG, and we are stepping up our efforts this month.

PLEASE consider joining us! If you have ever thought about getting down to the Boulevard, NOW IS THE TIME! There is plenty of room on the sidewalk, and plenty of experienced Flaggers ready and willing to show you the ropes!

If you can’t make it tomorrow, PLEASE support the Va Flaggers by calling Museum Director Alex Nyerges at (804) 340-1504 or writing via email: alex.nyerges@vmfa.museum or fax: (804) 340-1502 and ask Mr. Nyerges to return the Confederate Battle Flags to the Confederate Memorial Chapel… and restore the honor to the Confederate Veterans who lived and died on the grounds of the Old Solder’s Home.

Won’t you take a few minutes to support those who stand twice a week, every week, in protest of those who would dishonor our Confederate Veterans, and in honor and memory of our gallant ancestors?

RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!

Grayson  Jennings
Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150

Va Flaggers Upcoming Events:

Thursday, March 6th:  3:00 pm – Dusk, Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, March 8th:  Noon – 4:00 p.m., Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard

Saturday, March 15th:  10:00 a.m., Tombstone Dedication for Corp. William Tingle, Hollywood Cemetery, FireEaters Camp #3000, SCV Officiating.  https://www.facebook.com/events/797224356957765/

Saturday, March 15th:  1:00 p.m. Tombstone Dedication Ceremony for Browns Island Explosion Victims, Shockoe Cemetery, Sally I Tompkins Chapter #2, Va OCR. https://www.facebook.com/events/1390177837915969/

Tuesday, March 25th:  Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the Stonewall Camp #380, SCV.  Lillian’s Seafood Restaurant, 1312 Geo. Washington Hwy N., Chesapeake, Virginia, 6:30 p.m.  www.stonewallcamp380.com

Saturday, March 29th:  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Work day at the I-95 Memorial Battle Flag Chester Site!  Join us  as we spend the day clearing and hauling away debris, trimming trees and vegetation, and cleaning up the flag site. We are asking for all able bodies to join us, and bring any equipment that may be helpful: Yard tools and tree trimming equipment, garbage bags, and vehicles to haul away debris.  At the close of the day, we will switch the flag back out to the original custom ANV, now that the worst of the winter weather has passed and security is improved.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1547103728848309/

Saturday, April 12th:  Susan and Karen will be traveling to Stone Mountain, Georgia to attend the Annual Confederate Day Memorial Service.

Monday, April 14th:  Susan will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Lt. James T. Woodward Camp #1399, Warner Robins, Georgia. Sonny’s BBQ, 811 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA.  Supper at 6:00, meeting at 7:00.

Tuesday, April 15th:  Susan will be speaking at the W. F. Jenkins Camp #690, Eatonton, Georgia.  Location:  Bledsoe-Greene House, located at 105 West Sumter St., Eatonton, Georgia.  Dinner at 6:30, meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16th:  66th Annual Shad Planking, Wakefield, VA.  The Va Flaggers will once again have a booth at the Shad Planking.  2:00 p.m. – 6:30, Rain or Shine.  More information: www.shadplanking.com

April 19, 2014, 2014:  Susan will be traveling to Quincy, FL to speak at the Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Soldier’s Cemetery, sponsored by the Finley’s Brigade, SCV.

Saturday, April 26th: Susan will be speaking at the Delaware Confederate Memorial Ceremony, Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford Street, Georgetown, Delaware, Time: 11AM – 2PM

Saturday, May 10th:  Confederate Memorial Day Service at Oakwood Cemetery.  Procession through cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Service at 11:00 a.m.  All are invited to join the procession and/or attend the Memorial Service.  Details to follow. 

Sunday, May 11th: 3:00 p.m., Yellow Tavern, J.E.B. Stuart Memorial Service, Richmond-Stonewall Jackson Chapter #1705 UDC.
 
Thursday, May 22nd:  Susan will be traveling to Columbia, SC to speak at the March meeting of the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp #273, SCV, Columbia SC. Seawell’s Banquet Hall, 1125 Rosewood DR. Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00.

Sunday, May 25th:  2:00 p.m.  Susan will be speaking at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Warrenton Cemetery, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Black Horse Chapter No. 9, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780

Saturday, June 28th:  The Descendants of Point Lookout Annual Pilgrimage, 10:00 a.m. – Confederate Memorial Park, Point Lookout, MD.  Guest Speakers:  Rev. Fr. Alister Anderson and Susan Hathaway – More information here:  www.plpow.com

Sunday, July 6th:  1:30 p.m., Headstone and Iron Cross Dedication Ceremony for Patrick Noah Newton, Nelson Baptist Church, 1837 Nelson Church Rd, Nelson, Virginia https://www.facebook.com/events/1411845402398834/