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Virginia Flaggers Raise Another Confederate Flag on I-95

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The Virginia Flaggers have raised another controversial confederate flag on Interstate 95, this time near Fredericksburg and the group says they're not done yet. The Virginia Flaggers have raised another controversial confederate flag on Interstate 95, this time near Fredericksburg and the group says they're not done yet.
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WRIC) - The Virginia Flaggers raised another controversial confederate flag on Interstate 95 - this time near Fredericksburg - and the group says they're not done yet.

The group raised a Confederate flag off Interstate 95 in Chester a few months ago, which sparked numerous protests and criticism from many in the area, but the group says they'll keep pushing for more flags in an effort to educate the public.

Barry Isenhour, a Confederate descendant and a member of the Virginia Flaggers, says they're hoping to spark conversation and educate the public.

"Virginia has forgotten the Confederate soldier," he says. "The more visibility out, the more discussion you have and the more way you can honor the soldiers. This is an effort to set the record straight and say 'no, our Confederate ancestors were honorable Americans who fought to preserve the constitution.'"

Charlie Diradour, part of United RVA, helped organize a demonstration last year, as an American flag was raised in response to the raising of the confederate flag.

"I love the fact that they keep talking about this as heritage and not hate," he says. "You see those bumper stickers… that's humorous.  History regarding that flag is about hatred. It's about genocide. It's about actually breeding human beings for work. Don't talk to me about history."

Diradour says the Flaggers have every right to fly the flag, but is disappointed that they choose to do so.

"It is an awful representation for our state as people drive through our state on I-95."

Diradour says he plans on flying an American flag on his house and his business and is asking others to do the same.

Meanwhile, the Flaggers say they were able to do this because of all the donations that came in since their first flag. They say nothing is set in stone, but they do have plans for more flags across the state in the future.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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