At the request of the property owners, we hired a crane this morning to temporarily remove the 80' pole and 20' x 30' flag raised in Lexington during the Lee-Jackson holiday weekend.
As reported last week, we were prepared to pay the fines that the county of Rockbridge had threatened to levy while we submitted the requested building permit application and request for a "certificate of appropriateness", neither of which had been required on either of the other two flags raised previously in Rockbridge County. However, when the landowner contacted us and requested the pole be temporarily removed until the permits were in place, we agreed to his request, as he had been subject to harassment and even threatened with imprisonment.
The pole and flag will be reinstalled once the permit and certificate are issued, and in the meantime the publicity has led many Rockbridge County residents to contact us about installing flags on their property. We have already filed a permit application for a new 100' pole on Rt 60, and expect at least a half dozen new flags to be flying soon.
By refusing to work with us on bringing this site into compliance, Rockbridge County has in fact helped to boost our support and assisted in acquiring new flag sites for development.
We expect that before we are finished there, Lexington will soon be giving Danville a run for their money as the "Confederate Flag Capital" of Virginia.
"All we ask is to be let alone..."