From: Virginia Flaggers
Date: Wed, Oct 26, 2016
Subject: Lexington City Council Approves Extremist Group’s Request to Disrupt Lee-Jackson Day Memorial Events
Group claims parade permit request purpose is “to celebrate the diversity within our great town” even as they attempt to disrupt a long standing tradition of honoring Lee and Jackson.
The Virginia Flaggers learned yesterday that Lexington City Council has approved a request by the “anti-racism” group “C.A.R.E. Rockbridge” to hold a parade from 10:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14th, 2017, which is the exact time that the Stonewall Brigade Camp SCV, has held a parade since 2000 to honor Lee & Jackson on the day officially set aside in Lexington as Lee-Jackson Day.
C.A.R.E. obviously intends to disrupt the peaceful Lee-Jackson Day memorial remembrance activities, and Lexington City Council approved their request to do so.
From the Lexington News-Gazette:
“According to the parade request emailed to city hall, the purpose of the event is “to celebrate the diversity within our great town.” CARE representatives listed on the parade request are Rallie Snowden, Lyndon Sayers and Florentien Verhage.
At the Council meeting, Snowden, a university counselor and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) coordinator at Washington and Lee University, read a statement that began, “In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are representing CARE … in asking for a permit to hold a parade representing Lexington community solidarity.””
These folks may call themselves “anti-racists”, but in reality, they are leftist extremists who call out even a small gathering in a cemetery to honor Jackson on the day of his death as dangerous and an attempt to “reclaim whiteness”:
Post from CARE Rockbridge’s FaceBook Page
After the vote, where City Council unanimously approved the request, Mayor Mimi Elrod, who led City Council to ban the display of all flags (except U.S., state and city) from city light pole flag stands to prevent the flags of Lee & Jackson from flying during the Lee-Jackson holiday, expressed her support for the group’s plans to disrupt the Lee-Jackson Day memorial remembrances…
From the Lexington News-Gazette:
“Following the vote, Mayor Mimi Elrod commented that King, in marching across the bridge at Selma, “didn’t turn around: he kept going. Sometimes we have to do that too for moral and religious reasons.””
The Stonewall Brigade, SCV is considering their options and will announce their plans for the weekend as soon as they are finalized.
In the meantime, we encourage all supporters of Confederate heritage to set aside the dates of Friday, January 13th and Saturday, January 14th and make plans to make your way to Lexington, Virginia either or both days. Stay tuned for more details, but we are already working on plans to make this Lee-Jackson weekend bigger and better than ever. Now, more than ever, we need a huge showing to let this group and City Council know that we WILL gather to honor Lee & Jackson on Lee-Jackson Day, and that the hate and prejudice of the ignorant and misinformed will not prevent us from doing what is the responsibility and duty of every one of us with Confederate blood flowing through our veins…honoring Lee and Jackson on the day set aside in their honor by the City of Lexington.
If they expect that we will go away quietly, they have greatly underestimated our resolve.
“Duty is ours: consequences are God’s.” ~ Stonewall Jackson
Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 547
Sandston, VA 23150