A Richmond vignette

In any other city, heavy gray woolen coats aren’t presumed practical wear for a warm spring day. But, this is Richmond — the former capital of the Confederacy and the very heart of vaguely uncomfortable anachronisms.

So, the recent sighting of a dozen grown men — unkempt beards adding to the overall impression of itchy discomfort — lining up in loose parade formation at the busy intersection of Laburnum Avenue and Hermitage Road provoked nearly no reaction from the busy flow of passing mid-morning traffic.

That three of the men, with ceremonial officers’ sabers belted at their sides, bear uncanny resemblance to the daily stationary parade of bronze and marble statuary along nearby Monument Avenue proved equally unremarkable.

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