Sunday, January 10, 2016

Gen. Wade Hampton I-95 Memorial Battle Flag

THIS JUST IN -------

For several months, the Va Flaggers have been working on a site adjacent to I-95 in Prince George County, Virginia, in preparation for our next I-95 Roadside Memorial Flag installation.  We had hoped to have the flag up and flying before the end of 2015, but faced continual delays and roadblocks in obtaining the necessary permits.  In the end, and as is usually the case, God's timing is best, as it allowed us time to wrap up a few other projects, enjoy the holidays, and spend much needed down time with family and friends.  

We are thrilled to announce that as of yesterday, we have the permit in hand and construction will begin within the next two weeks!   We will be kicking off 2016 with one of our most exciting projects to date!  This one is our second joint effort with the Army of Northern Virginia Mechanized Cavalry, and will consist of an 80' pole, flying a custom 20' x 20' Army of Northern Virginia Battle Flag.  This site will be one of our most visible yet,  and VDOT surveys report an annual DAILY volume estimate of over 36,000 vehicles!  That's over 13 MILLION vehicles who will pass the site each year, with excellent visibility from both north and South bound lanes.  

The 20' x 20' custom ANV has been ordered and paid for thanks to the generosity of the folks at Just Go Detecting, who raffled a hand sewn battle flag and donated the proceeds, which exactly covered the cost of the flag!  

Photo of the flag that was raffled

Thanks to the generosity of MANY, MANY folks across the country, we have half of the necessary funds on hand to purchase the new 80' pole, and are asking for your help to raise the balance in time to pick up the pole at the end of next week.   

This Memorial Battle Flag is in the vicinity of General Wade Hampton's Great Beefsteak Raid, so it will be dedicated as the General Wade Hampton I-95 Memorial Battle Flag in his honor, and will include two additional 30 foot flag poles which will fly an unreconstructed Virginia State flag on one pole, and a South Carolina state flag on the other.

We have TENTATIVELY set a date of January 30 for the flag raising, which may change depending on available funds, favorable weather, and timely final inspections, etc.  Please stay tuned for updates and more details.

This will be the 1st roadside Memorial Battle Flag raised in 2016 in the Commonwealth, the third on I-95, and the 18th raised on highways and roadsides across Virginia since the fall  of 2013.  

We have only just begun to fight.

To contribute to the Wade Hamton I-95 Memorial Battle Flag, please make checks payable to “The Virginia Flaggers” and mail to:
P.O. Box 547   
Sandston VA  23150 


Thanks to the VA Flaggers for what they do !

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