Thursday, September 12, 2013

Va Flaggers: VMFA Update 9-8-2013

September marks the second anniversary of the Virginia Flaggers, and we enter our 24th month of Flagging the VMFA with new, nationwide attention focused on the forced removal of Confederate Battle Flags from the Confederate Memorial Chapel in Richmond,  The news of the I-95 Battle Flag Project, and the media frenzy that has ensued has meant that MANY MANY people are hearing about the desecration of the Chapel for the first time!
It has also meant new recruits on the Boulevard, and we welcome the chance to join with more and more folks who have decided to take a stand in the face of the growing attacks against our heritage.
Saturday, August 31st was a warm day, but still found 12 Flaggers on the Boulevard, forwarding the colors and standing in protest of the VMFA.  Foot traffic was reported a bit slow, but plenty of flags were flying in the breeze to replace those removed from the Chapel.  A supporter from Chesapeake stopped by to bring a donation for the I-95 Battle Flag Projects, and offer his support for  our efforts.
Another warm afternoon greeted Va Flaggers on Thursday, September 5th, where a half dozen Flaggers held the line in front of the VMFA.  Temps reached 94 degrees, and winds were low, but the Flaggers stood strong and helped educate both Richmond residents and visitors about our Confederate Veterans and the flags they fought and died beneath.
The weather cooled off a bit for Flagging on Saturday, September 7th.  Once again, a dozen Flaggers gathered, and this time conversations were plentiful, including a woman and her son who were visiting from Missouri.  As is the case with most folks we talk with, they were very supportive of our efforts.
Compromise Is Not An Option
We heard recently that one of the Floggers has had a change of heart and has suggested a compromise for the flying of a Confederate Flag on the grounds of Confederate Memorial Park, now desecrated by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). Apparently, another Flogger has chimed in, chiding us for “refusing to support a compromise offered”.
Refusing to support a compromise?
FIRST of all, we have never heard of this “offer”, as we do not read the garbage posted on these hate-filled blogs, so we did not “refuse” anything.
SECONDLY, neither of these amateur historians/bloggers speaks for the VMFA, that we know of, so NEITHER of them has the authority to “offer” anything... especially from their homes in MASSACHUSETTS and ARIZONA!
THIRDLY, even if there was an ACTUAL offer made by folks who are ACTUALLY authorized, we would ABSOLUTELY refuse compromise in any way, shape or form. The ONLY thing that will end the Flagging of the VMFA, is for the Confederate Battle Flags to be returned to the portico of the Confederate Memorial Chapel. NO compromise! NO retreat!
FINALLY, if these Floggers had any idea of what is going on in the Capital of the Confederacy, they would know that their “compromise” suggestion is as irrelevant as their attempt to insert themselves into our endeavors, since research by the Va Flaggers has determined that the Anti-Confederate behavior by the VMFA is not limited to the removal of the Battle Flags from the Chapel. In a March 31, 2010 meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board Trustees, the following motion was made...and carried UNANIMOUSLY...
“Motion: proposed by Mr. Moore and seconded by Mrs. Goode that the Museum is opposed to flying the Confederate Battle Flag or any of its derivatives on the Museum property. Motion carried unanimously.”
Yep… that’s a motion opposing ANY derivative of a Confederate Flag ANYWHERE on museum property. This is particularly egregious when you consider that the "Museum Property" they speak of is actually is located on Confederate Memorial Park, as specified in an agreement between the State of Virginia and the United Confederate Veterans.
Complete meeting minutes can be found here:
Our next Flagging of the VMFA will be this Tuesday, September 10th, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Join us as we forward the colors and stand for the Confederate Veterans who lived and died on the grounds of Confederate Memorial Park.  If you cannot be there in person, please provide support by calling the VMFA on that day and politely asking them to RETURN the flags and RESTORE the honor!  Call (804) 340-1405, and take 5 minutes out of your day to support those who are standing in the gap!
Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers

Contributions to the I-95 Battle Flag project may be mailed to
Va Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150