Associated Press and Snejana Farberov, Daily Mail, April 2, 2018
A massive Confederate battle flag has been raised just off a major highway outside Charlottesville, Virginia.
A pro-Confederacy group called The Virginia Flaggers said it raised the 30-by-50 foot banner on Saturday on private property just off Interstate 64. The flagpole is 120 feet high.
It says the flag is a response to the city of Charlottesville’s vote to remove statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson.
A status update announcing the flag’s dedication on the group’s Facebook page was accompanied by the hashtags ‘#winning’ and ‘#DontKicktheHornetNest.’
The rebel banner is dedicated to all fallen Confederate soldiers, as well as to Private Richard Willis Proffitt, whose grave is located near the site.
The organization, which describes itself as a group of ‘citizens of the Commonwealth who stand AGAINST those who would desecrate our Confederate Monuments and memorials, and FOR our Confederate Veterans,’ says it has now raised 27 Confederate flags since 2013.
Referring to the latest flag near I-64, the group stated in a press release: She will fly as a 24/7 reminder that the same spirit of defiance that drove our ancestors to take up arms in 1776 and 1861 is alive and well in us today and will not allow us to remain silent or sit idly by as our ancestors are the subjects of false narratives and lies by those who, driven by ignorance and hate, seek to destroy our history and heritage.’