Over the years, we have enjoyed participating in the Mechanicsville Christmas Parade. It is always very Confederate friendly, and we receive a warm welcome and support from organizers and spectators. We had to wonder, with the PC anti-Confederate backlash set in motion since Governor Haley stripped the Confederate Flag from the Confederate Monument in Columbia almost 5 months ago, if things might be different this year. Turns out it was VERY different, but not in the way we might have guessed..
From the moment we stepped off and offered the first child a stick flag, we were literally swarmed with kids (and adults!) wanting flags. Before we had gotten halfway through the parade route we had given out over 1,000 flags, and exhausted our supply.
?General Jackson was a huge hit with the kids!
Over 50 strong, our group was the first in a series of Confederate units that were grouped together in the parade. The Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters Color Guard led our unit, and almost as soon as the flags came into sight, we could hear the crowd start to roar!
The scene was repeated over and over again as we were met with rousing cheers and enthusiastic support throughout the entire parade, much more so than in previous years.
?We were greeted with shouts of “God bless y’all” “Keep it flying” and many, many expressions of thanks.
For our Flaggers, it was a welcome and much needed break from dealing with the hate, bigotry, and abuse they often face on the front lines. The overwhelmingly positive response and show of love and support was a great boost and almost every participant commented on the incredible experience. ?We were absolutely stunned…and thrilled…at the outpouring of support and encouragement.
Pay no attention to the haters, folks…Dixie is alive and well…and rising… and we saw the evidence on full display on a beautiful afternoon in Mechanicsville, Virginia yesterday!
Many thanks to the Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters, SCV, CAPTAIN Sally Tompkins OCR, Capt. William Latane Camp, SCV, and the Army of Northern Virginia Mechanized Cavalry for joining us to ring in CHRISTmas in Dixie, Va Flagger style!?
Tuesday, December 8th: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 3:00 p.m. – Dusk
Saturday, December 12th: Susan will be speaking at the Christmas Dinner of the John Ingraham Camp #1977, Chickamauga, GA. Chapel, Gordon-Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road.
Saturday, December 12th: Wreaths Across America Ceremonies… Shockoe Hill Cemetery 10:00 a.m., Oakwood Cemetery 12:00 Noon.
Saturday, January 9th: Susan will be speaking at the Lee-Jackson Banquet of the Camp Moses Wood #125, SCV, Gaffney, South Carolina, 6:00 p.m., Cherokee Historic and Preservation Society Museum , 301 College Drive.
Friday, January 15th – Saturday, January 16th: Flagging Lexington! Join us as we celebrate Lee-Jackson Day in the Commonwealth and fill the sidewalks of Lexington with the flags that have been banned from city flag stands. We will flag all day Friday and join in the memorial services and parade on Saturday. More details to follow…
Saturday, January 23rd: Susan will be speaking at the Lee-Jackson Banquet of the Stonewall Camp #380, 6:00 p.m.Lillian’s Restaurant 1312 George Washington Hwy N, Chesapeake, VA 23323
Monday, February 8th: Susan will be speaking at the February meeting of the Lt. F.C. Frazier Camp #668, SCV ,in High Point, NC. Elks Lodge 1155 of High Point, 700 Mill Road. 6:00 Buffet Supper. Meeting at 7:00.
Saturday, February 20th: Susan will be speaking at the February meeting of the 13th Virginia Mechanized Cavalry Camp #9, SCV, 9:00 a.m., Dennis Spaghetti & Steak House, Chesapeake, VA
Thursday, March 31st: Susan will be speaking at the March meeting of the Robeson Rifle Guards, Camp 216, SCV, Lumberton, NC. 6:30 p.m. Proctor Law Building at the corner of 6th and Elm Streets
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