LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Tensions throughout our country are high right now, after a rally turned deadly in Charlottesville last weekend.
And after last weekend, a post made the rounds on social media claiming that the hacker group, "Anonymous" put out a hit on 11 cities threatening to take down Confederate monuments, and Lynchburg was named in that list.
Friday night, rumor started to spread of 'gatherings' going on around in Lynchburg and messages indicated the people gathering were members of a 'hate group.'
But, in actuality, that wasn't the case.
The Virginia Flaggers shared a post on their Facebook page that has now been shared more than 2,000 times.
They wrote that since Lynchburg was included on the list circulating around social media they had "Monument Guards" on patrol.
Lynchburg Police were also on the scene and said they were making sure that people were protected, saying things remained "peaceful."
The photo that is now going viral was captured at the end of the day at the Jubal Early monument at Fort Early in between Fort Ave. and Memorial Ave.
"Late in the evening, one of the Monument Guards noticed this woman...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 here to stop all of this and prevent another Charlottesville," the post continued. "He said 'If I were KKK would I hold you like this and she said 'No.'"
The woman in the photo has come forward saying she is not part of the Black Lives Matter group.
The Virginia Flaggers wrote that the two in the picture talked for some time agreeing to "work together to stop this mess."
They wrote that she thanked him over and over for coming over to her and then they parted ways.
Monument Guards, also called Patriots, say that they stand in defense of people's unalienable rights and in support of the Constitution, and also work to have a positive impact in every community across the nation by way of educating and bringing awareness of local and national civil issues.
They said they work to protect the Constitutional rights of all Americans.
The Virginia Flaggers write on its website, "The Va Flaggers reject any person or group whose actions tarnish or bring dishonor upon the Confederate soldier or his reason for fighting, including those groups and persons using our cherished flag as a symbol for their own dishonorable purposes."