Group wants Confederate flags on highways even as Virginia distances itself from secessionist past
Barry Isenhour of the Virginia Flaggers (Screen capture)

A historical society is requesting land in Charlottesville, Virginia to fly the flags of the U.S. Confederacy.

According to, the group is making the move in response to a pending decision by the city government to no longer observe Lee-Jackson Day, a holiday honoring Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, heroes of the Confederate Army.

A delegation of members of the Virginia Flaggers visited Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia, on Thursday to request roadside land so that they might erect a display honoring Confederate veterans and flying the controversial "Stars and Bars" Confederate flag, which many have come to view as a racist symbol.

Flagger spokesman Barry Isenhour told Channel 29, "It's all about having people realize that you're honoring your ancestors and also, in this, case fallen soldiers who fought here in Virginia. These are fallen veterans."

The Virginia Flaggers Facebook page says that "flaggers stand with our flags against those in opposition in a peaceful, yet forceful manner, to educate and inform the general public, and in open and visible protest against those who have attacked us, our flags, our ancestors, or our Heritage."

The entry continues, "Our weapon is the Confederate Battle Flag. Our enemies are those who worship ignorance, historical revisionism and Political Correctness."

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