VA Flaggers promise to 'pepper this town' with Confederate Flags

Published: Sep. 29, 2015 at 3:40 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 9, 2015 at 4:04 AM EDT
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(WWBT) - The Virginia Flaggers just put up a massive Confederate flag along Interstate 64. The flag flies atop a 50-foot pole, and supporters say this is just the beginning.   

"I think we told you it wasn't a threat it was a promise," Grayson Jennings with the Virginia Flaggers said. "We are keeping with our promise."

Jennings put the first flag up along I-95 in Chester a few years back. He admits the flag is one controversial symbol.

"It was misused," Jennings said. "Hijacked, if you will, by some hate groups."

Local Confederate symbols were thrust into the national spotlight when an area group slammed the city's decision to include Monument Avenue in the route for the UCI Road World Championships.

"Lets not promote these loser traitorous cowards who fought to defend a system of slavery," Phil Wilayto with the Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality said. "That's wrong." 

Jennings says the group has placed 12 Confederate flags across the state in the past 2 years.

"We'll pepper this town with flags," Jennings said. "We are well on our way to doing it."

Chris Bowyer allowed the group to place the flag in the backyard. 

"It's beautiful," Bowyer, who claims he had one goal in mind, said. "Raise awareness for what the flag really means and try to do away with the hate."

Jennings says the flag is not a racist symbol.

"Most every flag we've put up ends up being on a historic site or a site of significance," Jennings, who notes the flag was placed on the site of the old Savage Station Battle.  "We've got one flying right across the road where somebody just defaced the monuments over there."

Vandals targeted the historic markers recalling the battle of Savage Station, but Jennings says he's not discouraged. 

"You keep taking our heritage away, " Jennings said. "We are going to put up more."

Jennings says the group will have more flag raising ceremonies as early as next week.

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