From: Virginia Flagger <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 8:32 PM
Subject: Va Flaggers: Interstate Flags Down…Confederate Spirit Soars…
We have received multiple inquiries and alerts over the past 24 hours regarding missing flags from our flag sites.
Yesterday morning, the Va Flaggers alerted our flag keepers across the state to begin the process of retrieving the flags at each of our 12 Roadside Memorial Battle Flag sites across Virginia, ahead of the pending storm. As of Thursday morning, wind gusts were predicted to reach 30+ mph over the weekend, which is the threshold we use in determining when to remove them. Each week, we check the wind forecast and if high winds are predicted, we remove the flag(s) in the effected area to avoid damage and save wear and tear on the flags.
In this case, the weather system touches all of our flag sites and all 12 flags were lowered by the end of the day today.
We would like to thank all those who contacted us to report a flag missing. It is a great assurance to know so many supporters are watching the sites and will take the time to let us know there may be a problem.
The flags will be raised again once the threat of the storm has passed, and it is safe for our flag keepers to return to the sites.
We are thrilled to report that our picnic/auction last Sunday was a HUGE success, thanks to the amazing items received from across the country, and the generosity of those in attendance. We counted almost 300 who came to celebrate with us , including folks from as far as way as Illinois, Florida, Texas, and Confederate Missourah!
?Some of the picnic attendees.
We added a children’s educational time this year, and Frank Yates, Jr., Commander of the Wm. Latane Camp, SCV shared information about our flags and then led the troops out for a musket firing demo. This was so successful that we are already planning on expanding it for next year…
The raffle and silent auction proceeds more than doubled the amount raised last year, and the highlight of the event was the exciting live auction! Bidding was fierce and FUN…and those in attendance dug deep to take home some beautiful items, and to help raise more flags across the Commonwealth.
The last item up for bid was the first flag to fly at our first flag site in Chester, a 10×15 Battle Flag. In the end, and after a very lively bidding war, Ralph Snyder from Temple Texas, won the flag with a whopping $500 bid!!! Afterwards, he asked for the microphone, and to the thunderous applause and shouts of those in attendance, announced that he wanted the flag to stay in Virginia where it belonged…and donated it BACK to the Va Flaggers!
THANK YOU to every one who had a part in making this our BEST YEAR…and BEST ANNIVERSARY PICNIC/AUCTION yet!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Great report here on the I-64 flag raised last weekend. Although the reporter took the “pepper” comment out of context (Grayson was commenting about Danville), the interview and report are fantastic! http://www.nbc12.com/story/30137055/va-flaggers-promise-to-pepper-this-town-with-confederate-flags
Followed up with an excellent radio interview on WRVA with Barry Isenhour: http://www.nbc12.com/story/30137055/va-flaggers-promise-to-pepper-this-town-with-confederate-flags
We love to receive letters, messages, and notes from supporters, and appreciate each and every one, but this one, received yesterday, touched our hearts in a very special way, and we would like to share it with you, with the permission of the author.
P.O. Box 547
Sandston, VA 23150
Kudos to you and all the persons responsible for the Confederate Battle Flag circling above the Jefferson Davis Monument and 2500 Monument Avenue last Saturday.
I am 86 years old, grew up and resided at 2500 Monument Avenue from 1929 to 1941. It was my maternal grandmother’s house – located at the north west corner of Davis and Monument – directly across from the Branch House.
During the fly-over, my heart filled with pride and brought a tear to my eye for my two paternal great-grandfathers. Both served gallantly under General Robert E. Lee, CSA.
They were CSA Captain T. C. Leake (1829-1904) and CSA Chaplain Benjamin C. Spiller II (1819-1883). Captain T.C. was at Chancellorsville with “Stonewall” Jackson in May 1863. Chaplain Spiller was with “Marse” Robert E. at Appomattox in April, 1865.
Enclosed is a donation and my best wishes to Virginia Flaggers for the good works that you are doing to preserve our Confederate heritage.
God bless Mr. Leake, and the memory of his Great-Grandfathers…and God Save the South!
Saturday, October 24th: Fall Marker Dedication, Shockoe Hill Cemetery 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 3rd: Susan will be speaking at the November meeting of the Campbell Guards, SCV Camp #2117, 7:00 p.m., Historic Courthouse, Rustburg.
Saturday, November 14- Sunday, November 15: Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show, Richmond International Raceway. The Virginia Flaggers will have a booth at this event. Stop by and say hello!
Monday, November 16th: Susan as accepted an invitation to speak at the November meeting of the Black River Tigers Camp #2152, Angier, NC. 6:30 p.m., Simonz Restaurant.
Saturday, December 12th: Susan will be speaking at the Christmas Dinner of the John Ingraham Camp #1977, Chickamauga, GA. More details to follow.
Saturday, January 9th: Susan will be speaking at the Lee-Jackson Banquet of the Camp Moses Wood #125, SCV, Gafney, South Carolina, 6:00 p.m., Cherokee Historic and Preservation Society Museum , 301 College Drive.
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P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150