VA Flaggers Raise More Confederate Flags in Danville
Danville, VA - Two more prominent Confederate flags were raised in Danville Saturday. This makes four total constructed by Richmond-based group "Virginia Flaggers" just this month.
This all started when City Council removed the Confederate flag outside the Danville museum. When that decision was made just three weeks ago, the group vowed hundreds more would take its place. While they have a ways to go to make that goal, group leaders say these flags are the start of a movement.
"The heritage that my grandfather passed to me that fought those low-down, invading, murdering, raping, looting, burning, heathens from the north." That's what Herman White says motivated him to be the guest speaker at two separate Confederate flag dedication ceremonies in Danville.
Around a hundred flag supporters were at the passionate events marked by cheers, song, and prayer.
"We love people; we don't hate people. If there's someone that hates, they're serving the wrong master," said White.
The flags fly on small portions of private property, which owners lease to the Flaggers which erects and maintains the flags.
Beverly Richardson owns the land at the corner of Piedmont and Memorial drive where one new flag is highly visible to drivers on the Robertson Bridge.
"Looks like the state, federal, and local governments are trying to take all our liberties and rights and I'm just fighting for them," said Richardson.
Another new flag was also dedicated at a home right along Highway 29. ABC-13 spoke with several neighbors in both areas who all said they respect the owners' right to fly the flags 30 feet above their neighborhoods.
"This is America and I believe people should have freedom of speech," said one neighbor.
The Flaggers hope more Danville residents will feel the same, as they say these flags are just the beginning.
And members of the Virginia Flaggers say they believe the Confederate flag will fly at the Danville Museum again. Their hope is that Council will sell the museum to private owners who would restore the monument.