The Virginia Flaggers want you to know that they have “a new weapon in our arsenal” … a drone.
That’s right, a drone, in white with Hathaway red striping.
With this drone, they say, they can take pictures … just like any drone can do. For those of you with Facebook access, here are some pictures that are supposed to be of Hollywood Cemetery, although they are better representations of the Richmond skyline.
From a press release:
The Virginia Flaggers are pleased to present the following photos, taken during research, development, and testing of drones that were acquired recently to assist in our heritage defense operations.
In addition to assisting in heritage defense projects, we are excited about the prospects for their use in capturing and recording unique images and video at Confederate Memorial Services, ceremonies, parades, protests, and other events, which would be available to participants and as media releases. We believe that the drones will also be helpful in scouting possible sites for additional Interstate Memorial Confederate Battle Flags, assisting with research on battle fields, and helping to record and research information from previously undiscovered or inaccessible cemeteries.
As we do with any operation, we are carefully testing the units and training operators, while researching all applicable laws and regulations to ensure we operate within the existing guidelines, and to secure the safety of our Flaggers, as well as the protection of citizens and property.
Ah, yes. Now we have the promise of aerial shots showing us how many times human Flaggers are outnumbered by the flags they bring to protests in Lexington and Richmond. It will be wonderful to have a new perspective on the paucity of participation. I’m awaiting use of the drone camera to record another Tripp Lewis arrest (complete with aerial confirmation of trespassing) or to document the location of Susan Hathaway, who will be nowhere near the VMFA.
The drone will be especially helpful in allowing us to see flag displays that are not visible from the ground. We can’t wait to see the research to be done on battlefields, especially since we’ve seen no evidence of previous research done by the Flaggers.
It’s especially reassuring to know that the Flaggers are making sure that they heed all laws, rules, and regulations. Who says Tripp Lewis can’t teach anyone anything? Note that they are interested in the safety of citizens, not all people. Then again, we know what “citizens and property” means to a fan of Confederate heritage, now, don’t we?
The Flaggers have yet to comment on a use for the drone recommended by one of their more level-headed supporters … namely, an inquiry into his private fantasy life fueled by his personal beliefs, although many Flaggers share them.
No word yet on whether the drone will assist in the preparation of endless book jackets in Florida, although rest assured that their creator will continue to drone on about her obsessions.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the Virginia Flaggers are now on Twitter! I believe I’ll enjoy that.
Make no mistake about it: these are tremendous achievements, telling us just how successful the Virginia Flaggers are in changing hearts and minds as they seek to restore the honor. No word yet as to whether the VMFA, WLU, or the city of Lexington will install ground-to-drone defense systems. There’s also no word as to whether Ben Jones, Chief of Heritage Operations for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, will sponsor a second Flagger drone, done up on orange with black and white trim, and bearing a Confederate battle flag … the General Lee 02.