From: Virginia Flaggers <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 7, 2016
Subject: A Very Confederate Christmas Parade – Mechanicsville, Virginia 2016

 

Virginia town, rich in history, proudly celebrates its Confederate heritage as it ushers in the Christmas season.

 

The day of the 2016 Mechanicsville Rotary/Ruritan Christmas Parade was cloudy and chilly, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds who gathered to usher in Christmas in the small town just east of Richmond. The parade is a popular tradition, with over 100 units participating in the 2 mile route, which is lined with crowds of spectators.

 

We were honored this year to once again have the Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters Camp #3000 Color Guard, under the leadership of Commander Joe Wright, lead our unit, joined by Greg Randall as Stonewall Jackson. Throughout the parade, they were met with cheers, salutes, and folks standing to honor the soldiers and their flags.

 

We had over 50 participants in our unit, including folks who came from Farmville, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and across the Commonwealth to join us. We also welcomed our brothers and sisters in the Sally Tompkins Chapter #2, Order of the Confederate Rose and the Army of Northern Virginia Mechanized Cavalry.

 

Again this year, our stick flags were a HUGE hit. We gave out over 1,000 and ran out before the parade ended, much to the dismay of folks who had lined up to get one. We were overwhelmed by the positive response and cheers of gratitude that we received. Children and adults alike were literally begging us for flags.

 

The Captain William Latane SCV Camp #1690 was right behind us in the parade lineup, and we could hear the crowd roar every time they stopped to fire their muskets. Just behind them, the Hanover Dragoons, SCV Camp #827 had a BEAUTIFUL float. We later found out that they took home the trophy for the 2016 Mechanicsville Christmas Parade Best Motorized Unit Large (non-commercial) !

 

Congratulations, gentlemen!

 

We have received numerous calls and messages this week, thanking us for our presence in the parade, and for the gift of flags that we distributed. In turn, we would like to offer our thanks to parade organizers for the wonderful job they do, and to all of those who came out to lend a hand and make it possible. We are already looking forward to next year!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Saturday, December 10th: The Va Flaggers will join the Powhatan Troop, SCV for the Powhatan Christmas Parade, 3:00 p.m., Powhatan, VA

 

Thursday, December 15th: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 3:00 p.m. – DUSK

 

Saturday, December 17th: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

Monday, December 19th: Charlottesville City Council Meeting. More details to follow

 

Tuesday, December 20th: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 3:00 p.m. – DUSK

 

Thursday, December 29th: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 3:00 p.m. – DUSK

 

Saturday, December 31st: Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

Friday, January 13th – Saturday, January 14th: Lee-Jackson Day events, Lexington, Virginia. Plans are being finalized for commemorations after a local “anti-racism” group scheduled a parade on Lee-Jackson Day. Save the dates and MAKE PLANS TO BE IN LEXINGTON January 13-14

 

Friday, January 20th, 2017: Susan will be the guest speaker for the Lee-Jackson Banquet of the Lt. General Wade Hampton Camp #273, Columbia, SC.

 

Saturday, January 21st, 2017: Susan will be the guest speaker for the Lee-Jakson Banquet of the Horry Rough and Readys, Camp #1026, Myrtle Beach, SC

 

Thursday, February 16th: Susan will be the guest speaker at the February meeting of the Gen. William Dorsey Pender SCV Camp #1916, Wilson, NC. 6:30 p.m. Parker’s BBQ, 2514 US-301, Wilson, NC 27893

 

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 Susan will be the guest speaker for the March meeting of the Campbell Guards Camp #2117, Old Historic Courthouse, Village Hwy. Rustburg, VA. 7:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017: Susan will be the guest speaker for the April meeting of the Edmund Ruffin Fire-Eaters, Camp #3000, Anna’s Italian Restaurant, 7009 Mechanicsville Tpke, Mechanicsville, VA 2311, 6:00 supper, meeting at 7:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, May 6th, 2017: Susan will be the guest speaker for the Confederate Memorial Day service at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC, sponsored by the Waddell Chapter, MOS&B.

 

Saturday, June 10th: Susan will be the keynote speaker at the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of the Virginia Monument on the Gettysburg Battle Field. Details to follow.

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017: Susan will be the guest speaker for the SCV Camp #513 Confederate Memorial Day service in Oklahoma City, OK. More details to follow.

 

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