Saturday, August 24, 2013

Va Flaggers: VMFA/MOC Update

Last week saw another GREAT week of Flagging in the Capital of the Confederacy.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Flaggers greeted visitors and staff at the Museum of the Confederacy, filling them in on the PC direction in which the museum has been heading, their refusal to fly a Confederate flag on the grounds at Appomattox, and their plans to merge the museum and her collections with the ultra PC Civil War Center at Tredegar and the Virginia Historical Society.  Traffic was heavy both days, and we were able to hand out literature detailing the planned merger, and requesting that folks take a moment to contact Board Members and ask them to stop this plan before it became finalized.
On Thursday, August 8th, 10 Flaggers would gather on the Boulevard outside of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and 10 Flags would fly in place of the 2 that were removed from the Confederate Memorial Chapel by VMFA officials.
The weather was beautiful and response was overwhelmingly positive on this afternoon.  Flagger Jimmy J filed the following report:
"I stood the front corner of the VMFA today for about 45 minutes after others had left today...  2 young guys walked by, stopped, then turned around and came back.....and shook my hand and told me how much they appreciated what I was doing because they knew why we were out there. A while later a middle aged man walked up and shook my hand, thanked me and told me as he walked away, "I can't wait to see yall's flag on 95". What a great afternoon!!"
Just a few days later, on Saturday, August 10th, we were thrilled to have 15 Flaggers on the sidewalk at the VMFA throughout the afternoon, including some new faces!  We were able to spread the line and cover several entrances... forwarding the colors, educating the public, and protesting the VMFA. 
Late in the afternoon, a storm system moved through.  Several Flaggers took shelter, rode the storm out, and returned to the sidewalk once the sky cleared! 
The rainy weather meant that conversations were few, but those the Flaggers talked to overwhelmingly agreed that Confederate flags SHOULD be returned to the Confederate Memorial Chapel.
This week, we will be Flagging the VMFA at 200  N. Boulevard on Tuesday, August 13th, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday, August 17th, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
We will be flagging the Museum of the Confederacy, 1201 East Clay St,  Wednesday, August 14th, 11;30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Consider joining us, and be a part of those taking a stand for our Confederate Veterans, and the flags under which they fought and died.
RETURN the flags!
RESTORE the honor!
Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers