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Virginia Group Raises Second Huge Confederate Flag Near Highway

| by Michael Allen

The Virginia Flaggers, a pro-Confederacy group, raised a second large Confederate flag near Interstate 95 in Fredericksburg, Va., last Saturday.

The Virginia Flaggers hoisted their first Confederate flag in 2013 near the highway, which caused 24,000 people to sign an online petition against the flag, which represents Southern soldiers who fought for slavery in the Civil War.

The Confederate flag was also waved by racists during the civil rights struggle in the 1950s and 1960s.

"We have no problems with people who have different points of view, but we also want them to respect our views," Barry Isenhour, a spokesman for the Virginia Flaggers, told Reuters.

Isenhour said the new flag honors the 246,000 Confederate soldiers who fought (against the U.S. government) in Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania and the Wilderness, reported WTVR.

The flag, which was funded by donations, sits on private property. The Virginia Flaggers hope to put up more of the Confederate flags in Virginia and other parts of the country.

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"For a lot of Virginians and a lot of Americans, it has a negative connotation," Jennifer McClellan, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, told Reuters. "It has been used by hate groups to promote their beliefs in white supremacy."

Sources: Reuters and WTVR