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'Virginia Flaggers' Buy Land to Fly Confederate Flag Near Highway

A group called the "Virginia Flaggers" recently bought some land near Interstate 95 close to Richmond, Va., where they plan to fly a 15-foot Confederate flag.

“The Va. Flaggers are THRILLED to announce that we have finalized a lease to acquire property adjacent to Interstate 95, just South of Richmond, and will be erecting a 50’ pole, on which a 10x15 Confederate Battle Flag will fly 24/7, 365 days of the year,” Susan Hathaway of the Virginia Flaggers wrote on the "Free North Carolina" blog.

“The flag will serve to welcome visitors and commuters to Richmond and remind them of our honorable Confederate history and heritage. The location is also historically significant, as Confederate troops are believed to have camped in and around the area during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign,” Hathaway said, noted Mother Jones.

Hathaway did not mention that the Confederacy fought the Civil War for the right to enslave black people.

She added: "We have received an excellent deal on a pole with an internal halyard. Much of the site work will be by volunteers and donations, and we expect to be able to complete this project at a cost of just under $3,000."

In March 2012, the Virginia Flaggers protested unsuccessfully to get Confederate flags to fly on top of two museums in Virginia.

At the time, Hathaway told theRichmond Times-Dispatch, “It’s a symbol of my ancestors and what they fought for and what they gave their lives for in a lot of cases. We feel like it’s dishonoring them to put some kind of shame on the flag and make it something that has to be hidden.”

On July 4, Hathaway wrote a blog posting entitled "Celebrate Independence Day By Honoring ALL of America's Patriots" and the text: "God bless America ... and God bless those who have the courage to stand in the face of tyrann y... whether it be in 1776, 1861 or 2013!"

However, she failed to mention that Confederacy declared war on "America" and called itself the "Confederate States of America."

Sources: Mother Jones, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Free North Carolina,


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