The other day Kevin over at Civil War Memory posted some comments on his visit to the Confederate Memorial Chapel at the VMFA in Richmond Virginia. In the comments section, Grayson Jennings, a flagger, made this comment…
Kevin is spot on as to why no one takes the flagger seriously. The flaggers have been out front of the VMFA for nearly 76 weeks to no avail despite numerous new members joining the ranks. The other day the flaggers were witnesses to a tour group going through the chapel…as you can see from the photo at the top of this post. The picture got me to thinking that if the flaggers are really serious about the history of the chapel and care for the history of the men who lived there they would do something more constructive than just stand on the street with their flags. But that is not what they are about…I know it and so do they.
What would be nice to see is the flaggers taking a more proactive stance towards the history of the chapel and the men who lived there. I have heard that the chapel is not open as much as some would like (Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday) and the flaggers have a perfect opportunity to volunteer their time to open up the chapel and allow more people to learn its history. Obviously there would need to be historical supervision by the VMFA or a local University or historical society since it is plainly obvious the flaggers are not history oriented, but what better way to not only keep the history of the chapel and the old veterans alive as well as work with the VMFA instead of working against them.
Seems like a win, win situation…what say you Virginia Flaggers?