As we reported earlier, Alexandria's Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names has issued its final report to City Council. From the City's website: https://www.alexandriava.gov/Confederate
The Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names, which was established by Alexandria City Council in September 2015, has submitted its final report. The group issued recommendations on the four topics City Council directed it to consider, and concluded as follows:
- The Appomattox statute on South Washington Street should remain in place, with additional efforts made to add context to its story;
- The name of Jefferson Davis Highway in the City of Alexandria should be changed;
- Rather than a wholesale renaming of streets in the City named after Confederate figures, individual requests for new names should be considered by City Council if brought under existing processes; and
- No further action is needed with regard to a specific policy on flying of any flags on property owned or under the control of the City.
The Advisory Group received more than 150 comments through its online feedback form and heard more than 60 speakers at its five public meetings.
City Council will receive the Advisory Group's report at its legislative meeting on Tuesday, September 13, and will consider the report as part of its regularly scheduled public hearing meeting on Saturday, September 17, in the Council Chamber in Alexandria City Hall, 301 King St. The public hearing meeting on September 17 will begin at 9:30 a.m. with public comments regarding items not on the docket, and City Council will then discuss and take public comments on docket items, including the Advisory Group’s report. Once the docket order is finalized several days before the meeting, it will be available at www.alexandriava.gov/Dockets. A form to sign up to speak at the hearing will be linked from the top of the docket.
There is of course, good news and bad news within the report.
Regarding the Appomattox statue:
The good news is that there is no recommendation to remove the statue. This is due largely to the fact that Virginia State Law, in spite of Governor McAuliffe's veto of a clarification bill, STILL protects ALL veterans' monuments and memorials. The bad news is that there is a recommendation to add "context" to the monument. We are ADAMANTLY OPPOSED to adding any context. The meaning of the monument is CLEAR as told by the inscriptions:
"They died in the consciousness of duty faithfully performed."
"Erected to the memory of Confederate dead of Alexandria, Va. by their Surviving Comrades, May 24th 1889"
NO ADDED CONTEXT IS NEEDED and we need to make this perfectly clear.
Jefferson Davis Highway:
The committee recommended to change the name, but thankfully, this cannot be done without the approval of the General Assembly.
The good news is that they won't try to change the street names...the bad news is that they recommending letting individuals make recommendations to do so.
CALL TO ACTION!
Contact members of Alexandria City Council and ask them to deny the ad hoc committee's recommendations to add context to the Appomattox Statue and/or change the name of Jefferson Davis highway within the city.
To reach the Mayor and Members of City Council, call 703.746.4500, or
send a group e-mail to the Mayor and Members of City Council .
You can also reach the council members using the individual links at the bottom of this page: https://www.alexandriava.gov/Council
Make plans to attend the public hearing on September 17th. During the ad hoc meetings, the speakers were OVERWHELMINGLY in support of leaving the monuments and memorials as is. We need to make sure we have another strong presence and showing on Saturday.
The public hearing will be held on THIS Saturday, September 17, in the Council Chamber in Alexandria City Hall, 301 King St. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. with public comments regarding items not on the docket, and City Council will then discuss and take public comments on docket items, including the Advisory Group’s report. Once the docket order is finalized several days before the meeting, it will be available at www.alexandriava.gov/Dockets. A form to sign up to speak at the hearing will be linked from the top of the docket.
If you are an Alexandria residence, let your councilman know that you will be watching to see how they vote, help spread the word, and rally the troops to the defense of our Confederate veterans!
In the meantime, we will be sending City Council our own communication, warning them that they may want to how quickly the landscape changed in Danville when City Council there voted to remove one tiny 3x5 Third National Flag.
"They died in the consciousness of duty faithfully performed."
Will our grandchildren be able to say the same about us?
Rise up, Dixie!
Friday, September 16th - Sunday, September 18th: The Va Flaggers will have a table set up at the Field Day of the Past, intersection of Rout 623 (Ashland Road) and Route 622 in Goochland County. Off I-64, exit #172 (Rockville Manakin) south. Grounds are located 1/8 mile from the interstate.
Saturday, September 17th: Dedication of the Campbell County Confederate Monument, Campbell County Guards Camp #2117. 2196 Red House Rd., Rustburg, VA 24588-3731, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 22nd: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA
Saturday, September 24th: Susan will be the keynote speaker at the Maj Gen Isaac Ridgeway Trimble Camp SCV Memorial Service at the Howard County Confederate Monument, Ellicott City Courthouse, MD. 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, September 24th: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Flagging the VMFA, 200N. Boulevard, Richmond VA
Sunday, September 25th: Va Flaggers 5th Anniversary Picnic/Auction. 3:00 p.m. Mechanicsville Moose Lodge Picnic Pavilion. Donations needed for raffle prizes and silent and live auction items.
Tuesday, September 27th: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Flagging the VMFA, 200N. Boulevard, Richmond VA
Saturday, October 1st: 9:00 a.m. - NOON Flagging the VMFA, 200N. Boulevard, Richmond VA
Saturday, October 1st: 1:00 p.m.: Fall Marker Dedication Ceremony, Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery , 301 Hospital Street, Richmond VA
Thursday, October 6th: Susan will be the guest speaker for the October meeting of the E. Fletcher Satterfield Camp No. 852, Roxboro, NC. Meeting at 7:00 at Homestead Steak House, 155 Frank Timberlake Rd, Timberlake, NC 27583.
Sunday, October 30th: Susan will be the keynote speaker at the Col. E. Stackhouse SCV Camp #1576 Confederate Memorial Service, Veterans Park, Main Street, Latta, SC. 3:00 p.m.
Friday, January 20th, 2017: Susan will be the guest speaker for the Lee-Jackson Banquet of the Lt. General Wade Hampton Camp #273, Columbia, SC.
Saturday, June 24, 2017: Susan will be the guest speaker for the SCV Camp #513 Confederate Memorial Day service in Oklahoma City, OK. More details to follow.
To assist with our Interstate Battle Flags and ongoing Heritage Defense projects, please make checks payable to “The Virginia Flaggers” and mail to:
P.O. Box 547 Sandston VA 23150
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