RVA Monument Guards - Weekend Protests Update
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Many of you contacted us to express concern about the risk of vandalism and damage to our monuments in light of the protesters who gathered in RVA over the weekend and announced plans to hold a rally at the RE Lee monument.

We have known about the planned protests for weeks, and communicated directly with the Richmond Police and the State Capitol Police regarding their plans and ours.
One of the most disturbing aspects of the planned protests was a professed communist group that specifically targeted the monuments.  We monitored their activity in the weeks leading up to August 13, and their attempt to tack on the "March to Destroy White Supremacy" to the larger protest was a dismal failure.  There were only a small handful visible among the hundreds of "minimum wage" protestors, and they garnered no attention from protest organizers or the media.
We are pleased to report that when our monument guards arrived Saturday afternoon to begin their first shift, they reported that there had not been any damage of any kind to any of our monuments.

We doubled our patrols on Saturday as a precaution, with folks on duty throughout the afternoon, evening and overnight.  Monument Guards reported a heavy presence by the Richmond Police Department, and hourly foot patrols of the Robert E. Lee Monument by the Capitol Police, which continued overnight and into Sunday morning.

The Va Flaggers would like to offer our thanks and appreciation to the Richmond and Capitol police, who were out in force during the protests, and helped protect our monuments from suffering any damage, and to all of our Monument Guards who volunteered to help with increased monument patrols over the weekend.

"Dixie Rising" - Enhanced photo of "Vindicatrix" from the Jefferson Davis Monument on Monument Avenue in Richmond.  Available for purchase here...  http://fineartamerica.com/featured/dixie-rising-judy-smith.html?fb_ref=Default 
Courtesy of Judy Smith Photography
For over a year now, the RVA Monument Guards have been a presence on Monument Avenue, keeping a watchful eye over our monuments there and others throughout the Capital of the Confederacy.  If you would like to assist with this ongoing effort to patrol and protect our monuments, please send an email to RVAMonumentGuards@gmail.com for more information.

Susan Hathaway
Va Flaggers

Thursday, August 18th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 20th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 9:00 a.m. - NOON

Saturday, August 20th:  King William County Fest, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, In Front of Historic Courthouse
King William Road, King William, VA 23086.  The Virginia Flaggers will have a table with information and merchandise available.

Tuesday, August 23rd:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 27th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 30th:  Flagging the VMFA, 200 N. Boulevard, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monday, September 5th:  The Virginia Flaggers will join the Powhatan Troop, Camp #1389 for the Annual Powhatan Labor Day Parade. 11:00 a.m.  Historic Powhatan County Courthouse.

Tuesday, September 13th:  Susan will be speaking at the September meeting of the Turner Ashby Camp #1567, Shenandoah University, Intersection of Rt. 50 and I-81, 7:00 p.m.

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. 

Sunday, September 25th:  Va Flaggers 5th Anniversary Picnic/Auction.  3:00 p.m. Mechanicsville Moose Lodge Picnic Pavilion.  Details to follow

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.

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. 

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