CHESTER, Va. -- A Confederate battle flag-raising that has stirred a strong response in Richmond is scheduled at a private location south of the city.

Sponsors of the flag-raising say a memorial service will be held this morning in Chesterfield County. Organizers say the 10-by-15-foot flag will be visible from busy Interstate 95.

In Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy, the flag-raising has been criticized by many who consider the Confederate flag a symbol of division. Nearly 25,000 have signed an online petition in opposition to the flag-raising, and many are countering the Chesterfield County event with displays of the American flag.

A group called the Virginia Flaggers is sponsoring the flag-raising. They say it is not intended to offend but to honor the South’s war dead.