Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Virginia Flaggers Update: Reidsville Road Trip!


Jaime Funkhouser

Jaime Funkhouser stand guard at the site of the former Reidsville Confederate Monument in protest of the Statue on top the monument not returning to its spot on Scales Street after 101 years.

THIS Sunday, August 19th, the VA Flaggers will travel to Reidsville, NC to stand with our friend and Tar Heel Flagger, Jamie Funkhouser. We invite everyone who is willing and able, to join us as we support Jamie in his efforts to raise awareness of the situation there. For anyone who has ever thought about flagging, wanted to flag, or just wants to get a peek at what goes on, now is your chance to join us on the front lines!

The Reidsville Confederate statue was erected in honor and memory of the brave men who left their homes and families to defend North Carolina during the War Between the States.

Sadly, just 100 years later, after a traffic accident damaged the statue, the statue was REMOVED, under the direction of the very ones charged with guarding the memory of those brave soldiers he represents!

There are those who believe that it is better to avoid any "unpleasantness" that may arise if the Reidsville Soldier is returned to his rightful home.
We disagree.

Jamie has been steadfast in his protest, most often standing alone...in weather ranging from freezing rain to blazing heat. We are honored to have the opportunity to stand with him!

Will you pick up your flag and join us?

We will meet at the circle in Reidsville at 10:00 a.m., leaving Richmond at 7:00 a.m., and plan on flagging until 3:00. Anyone interested in attending, or riding from Richmond, please contact us for more details.

More on Reidsville here:

http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2011/may/24/WSMAIN02-greensboro-man-knocks-head-off-confederat-ar-1059117/

http://www2.godanriver.com/news/2011/aug/14/confedmonument-ar-1236463/

http://www.wxii12.com/Group-Threatens-Lawsuit-Over-Damaged-Confederate-Statue/-/9678472/4461444/-/mio95m/-/index.html

http://myfox8.com/2012/05/23/reidsville-protesters-want-confederate-statue-back/

August VMFA Flagging Schedule:

Wednesday, August 15th: 3-Dusk

Saturday, August 18th: 11-3

Thursday, August 23rd: 3-Dusk

Saturday, August 25th: 11-3

Tuesday, August 28th: 3-Dusk

Saturday, September 1st: 11-3

If you are not on the text alert list, and would like to be, please let us know.

ALSO…save the date! Va Flaggers 1st Anniversary Celebration Picnic will be held Sunday, September 30th. 3-8, with supper at 5:00. More details to follow, but make plans to be there and bring your family!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Sunday, August 19th: Flagging Reidsville! Join us as we stand with Jamie Funkhouser, forwarding the colors and protesting the removal of the Confederate Monument from the traffic circle in Reidsville, NC. We will leave Richmond at 7:00 a.m., and flag 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Reidsville.

August 23rd-25th: Sesquicentennial of the Battle of 2nd Manassas. Va Flaggers will attend the activities on Saturday, August 24th, and forward the colors at the National Park AND the CusterMobile, which is scheduled to be there!

Tuesday, September 4th: The Va Flaggers will be the guest speakers at the monthly meeting of the Isle of Wight Avengers, SCV Camp#14, Smithfield, VA. http://www.iowavengers.com/

Saturday, September 22: 9th Annual Richard "Dick" Poplar Day at 11:30 a.m. Memorial Hill, Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia, http://www.petersburgexpress.com/Petersburg_Events.html

Saturday, September 22: 10TH Alabama Marker Dedication Ceremony, 10:00 a.m. Bristoe Station

Sunday, September 30: Save the date and celebrate the Va Flaggers’ one year anniversary with a family cookout at the home of Grayson Jennings. More details to follow.

Saturday, October 27: Guided bus tour of Stuart’s ride around Richmond. Sponsored by Edmund Ruffin FireEaters Camp 3000, SCV.

Susan Hathaway

Va Flaggers

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