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United RVA Responds to Confederate Flag Raising with Larger American Flag

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CHESTER, Va. (WRIC)—After much controversy, a Confederate flag now hangs along I-95 in Chesterfield County. But a group of Richmonders who believe the Civil War-era symbol is dividing the nation is taking action.

About 100 supporters gathered on Sept. 28 to watch as a Confederate flag was raised next to the interstate. The large flag hanging from a 50-foot pole now waves for thousands of drivers passing by to see. The Virginia Flaggers, a group of mostly Confederate descendants, is behind the flag raising.

"The flag that is being raised today will be a living, breathing memorial to our Confederate dead," Susan Hathaway of Virginia Flaggers said Saturday. "All across the United States, our heritage and the honor of our gallant Confederate ancestors is under daily attack."

David Wright had four great grandfathers who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

"I can think of no greater honor for them than to have this flag raised," Wright said at the flag raising.

Meanwhile in downtown Richmond, an even larger American flag now hangs next to City Hall. A group called United RVA put the flag up Saturday in response to the Virginia Flaggers' Confederate flag.

"We have a flag that unifies us all here in Richmond, Virginia, and it's the American flag," said Brian Cannon of United RVA.

Cannon says the group decided to raise the 25-by-40 foot American flag and hang it from a crane in protest.

"The Confederate flag is a symbol that at best divides our community and at worst is a symbol of hatred, slavery, racism and oppression," Cannon said.

United RVA's current flag is temporary; the group is raising money for an even bigger American flag at a more permanent location.


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