Southern Heritage defenders not involved with Alt Right demonstrations

Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, and a long time huge tourist attraction.
Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, and a long-time huge tourist attraction

by  Jim W. Dean, VT Editor   …with the VA Flaggers

I am a proud member of the SCV, having 18 members of just my Culpepper branch who served, including sons and grandsons of Revolutionary War veteran Joseph Culpepper

[ Note: The current Confederate Monument jihad has hit a bump in the road in the South, where rank-and-file Confederate descendants are hitting the streets to protect monuments, in close coordination with local law enforcement, keeping both the Alt Right and AntiFa people away from them.

The VA flaggers in Virginia are famous for their long-running and peaceful protests of institutions, especially Southern heritage museums, that have removed Confederate flags, usually for no other reason that to be politically correct.

Our “protesters” are really ambassadors who stand on sidewalks with the battle flags, handing out brochures on our real position, which most have not heard due to our message being drowned out by the heritage haters. They have a lot of one-on-one conversations with both locals and tourists.

The offending public officials are usually catering to their local NAACP and Chamber of Commerce officials, who just want the issue to just go away; and concerning the flags, they just choose to take them down. There also has never been violence from the Confederate heritage supporters – no vandalism, bricks thrown, nor balloons filled with urine, which AntiFA used on the Atl-Right in Charlottesville to provoke attacks, and it worked.

That is why Confederates have such a good relationship with the police, as many of them are veterans and known by the local police. In fact they never show up unannounced, but always call the local precinct duty officer to let them know where they are, how many, etc. They are not outside provocateurs sent in by unknown actors wanting to create some fake news.

As you will see below, in Corinth, Mississippi, the SCV Mechanized Cavalry was surrounding the city monument Friday night. You will see none of this peaceful activity covered in corporate media.  … You all know why.

This new round of anti-Confederate jihadism has a new PR twist to it. The heritage haters decided they needed a new smear con game, and came up with the reason they wanted the monuments down was because “they glorified slavery”. The only problem I have is that, in 20 years, I can’t ever remember anyone in the heritage movement saying or writing such a silly thing.

The unifying connection with the monuments is their representing the huge disaster that the War between the States was for us all, with losses exceeding all America’s past and future wars … and making sure that such a thing never happens again, despite those who would prefer to see us at each others’ throats JD ]

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… by  Susan Hathaway,  VA Flaggers

Monument Guards were on patrol in Lynchburg, Va, as well as several other locations, all day yesterday, as the town was listed as a target for vandalism to Confederate memorials by anarchist hate groups.  We were thankful that Lynchburg police provided extra security at several locations. This photo was captured at the end of the day at the Jubal Early monument at Fort Early, and captured a very moving moment for all who witnessed it.

Late in the evening, one of the monument guards noticed this woman, who later identified as a black lives matter supporter, trembling and shaking with fear. He said he could tell she honestly feared them. He walked up to her, arms outstretched, said “WE ARE NOT KKK” and she grabbed him and wouldn’t let go.

He explained that they were there to stop all of this and prevent another Charlottesville. He said “If I were KKK would I hold you like this?  and she said “NO”.

They talked for some time and he said we have to work together to stop this mess. She wept and thanked him over and over for coming over to her and they parted ways with new understanding.

Stories like this one will likely never make the national media and don’t fit the narrative that the politicians in Charlottesville, Richmond, Portsmouth, and other localities are using to push their liberal political and social monument removal  agendas, but it serves as a reminder to all of us that God can use the most troubling times to shine light and truth, even in near darkness.

When we began the Monument Guards program here in Richmond a few years ago, we had no idea it would be preparation and training for a much larger scale use. This week, we have helped coordinate and encourage Monument Guards across the Confederacy. Local SCV, Mechanized Cavalry, other heritage organizations, and average citizens have stepped up to stand in the gap and keep watch over our memorials in the wake of terrorist like attacks and threats across the country.

Sons of Confederate Mechanized Cavalry guarding the Corinth, Miss. monument Friday night

The Mecklenburg County Confederate Monument in Boydton, Va  was on the list of targets for attack by an online terrorist hate group. This one was personal to me, as one of my Great-Great Grandfathers mustered out of Mecklenburg County. After just one phone call to the local SCV, the Sheriff was alerted and there was a police presence most of the day. Men started gathering early Friday morning, and stood picket all day and into the night.

Mecklenburg monument

In Richmond, #RVAMonumentGuards reported heavy police presence on Monument Avenue last night ahead of expected violence by Antifa and other anarchist groups. Two squad cars and a riot van were stationed at the Lee monument, and additional units were parked at each of the other monuments !  We took the time to thank them for being out there, and thanked God for the heavy rain throughout the night that surely washed out any troublemakers.

Check our FaceBook page for many, many other Monument Patrol photos and accounts from the Commonwealth and across the South.  The violent attacks against our memorials over the past week have stirred many citizens to action. We are thrilled at the spirit of cooperation and team work that has manifested across our organizations and with the general public as we come together to protect the monuments. We are hopeful that it will continue as we prepare for what lies ahead.

Strictly in political terms, Confederate monuments contribute to maintaining a free society by reminding us that there once were people who, after careful examination of of the state they lived under, stood up for themselves and said “enough.” It appears that time may very well be upon us, again.
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