PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) –
Drivers on I-95 will see the latest installment of the highly controversial Virginia Flaggers Confederate Battle flag raising this Saturday.
This will be the third massive flag raised on I-95, and the 18th on highways and roadsides across the Commonwealth, since September 2013.
The event will be held at 11 a.m. in Prince George, just south of Petersburg.
This flag is the same height as the last, standing 80 feet high, but measuring 20 by 20 feet in size instead of the 20-by-30-foot flag in 2013.
Despite the substantial backlash over the years, the Virginia Flaggers group continues to re-ignite a debate over this controversial symbol’s meaning.
The flag will be raised in honor and memory of all Confederate soldiers, and will be designated the “I-95 Wade Hampton Prince George Memorial Battle Flag” to honor Gen. Wade Hampton and his efforts to defend Richmond, Petersburg, and the Commonwealth.
The dedication ceremony will include a Confederate Color and Honor Guard, bagpipe music, and guest speakers on the topic of Gen. Wade Hampton and the Beefsteak Raid.
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