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
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'
"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
"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.