My, oh my, but wasn’t the 150th anniversary of the battles at Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga something to remember? What about the commemorations of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address?
Maybe … and yet there were other memorable events brought to you by people vying to be a part of the Confederate heritage follies … and here we go! Today, numbers 8, 7, and 6:
8. Heritage, Not Hate? Really?: That’s right, folks. The Sons of Confederate Veterans, an organization that embraces the slogan of “Heritage, Not Hate,” decided that it was a good idea to honor Matthew Heimbach of the Virginia Flaggers in 2012. Trouble was that Heimbach was an avowed white supremacist. SCV commander-in-chief Michael Givens recently claimed he didn’t know Heimbach, but he was the head of the organization that recognized Heimbach’s achievements, and Givens himself posed next to this aspiring Confederate heritage activist.
Gee, don’t these two look happy together? Maybe they will make plans to go to Olustee sometime soon.
7. Nah Nah Nah Nah, Nah Nah Nah Nah, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye: Despite the SCV’s leadership’s fondness for Heimbach, some members of the organization do have standards. This became apparent when it was revealed that the Virginia Division of the SCV was seeking to eject member Tripp Lewis of the Virginia Flaggers. Apparently Lewis was cited for conduct unbecoming a member of the SCV. Can’t wait to hear more about that story.
Really, Tripp? My, but 2013 has been a heck of a year for you, hasn’t it? And it’s not quite over yet, either.
6. Dude, Who Stole My Excavator?: Grayson Jennings knew it was coming. Someone was going to do something to something at the site of the I-95 Virginia Flaggers’ monument to themselves. And, whadda know? Someone sure did something. Someone stole Jennings’s excavator. It was a blessing in disguise, because it looks as if nothing has been happening there for months, anyway, although you can’t tell from the interstate, because that would presuppose that you could first see the flag from the road. Fortunately, Jennings has his machine back, so the Flaggers can go back to digging themselves into a deeper hole.
Six down, five to go, and then there will be an awards ceremony.