Group Seeks Land to Fly Confederate Flag in Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Virginia Flaggers is looking for land in Charlottesville to fly flags of the Confederacy.

The group's action is in response to the upcoming vote by Charlottesville City Council to stop observing Lee-Jackson Day. Virginia Flaggers is asking for roadside land to display flags of the Confederate States of America.

Group members visiting Charlottesville say ending the state holiday neglects an important chapter in Virginia's history, and Virginians need to be reminded of the southern veterans from the Civil War.

"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," said Barry Isenhour with Virginia Flaggers.

The group is asking for land in other parts of Virginia to fly Confederate flags as well.

Charlottesville City Council votes on ending the city's observance Lee-Jackson Day at its next meeting. Richmond, Lynchburg and Norfolk are some localities that do not observe the state holiday.

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