VMFA – Return the Flags!
Why This Is Important
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts forced the removal of the flags of the Confederacy from the Confederate War Memorial Chapel in Richmond Virginia. This not only is dishonoring the veterans who lived there and donated the land to the Commonwealth of Virginia but, it is in direct violation of the law regarding Civil War monuments. Below is the statute:
“it shall be unlawful for the authorities of the locality, or any other person or persons, to disturb or interfere with any monuments or memorials so erected, or to prevent its citizens from taking proper measures and exercising proper means for the protection, preservation and care of same. For purposes of this section, "disturb or interfere with" includes removal of, damaging or defacing monuments or memorials, or, in the case of the War Between the States, the placement of Union markings or monuments on previously designated Confederate memorials or the placement of Confederate markings or monuments on previously designated Union memorials.” (§ 15.2-1812)
The VMFA in direct violation of the law, not only removed the flag of the Confederacy but, placed a Union flag on a pole right in front of the chapel. This shows their distain for the law of Virginia and appears as if they are thumbing their noses at the law.