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Lee-Jackson Day Celebrated in Virginia

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A portrait of Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. (credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A portrait of Confederate general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. (credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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LEXINGTON, Va. — Virginia’s unique Lee-Jackson holiday is being marked in Lexington, where both Confederate icons are buried.

The Stonewall Brigade of the Sons of Confederate Veterans plans a series of events Friday and Saturday in memory of Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. A symposium Friday will examine the legacy of both men, while a memorial will be held Saturday in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery.

A parade will follow the memorial through downtown Lexington. A Civil War-period dance will be held Saturday night.

During outdoor events, participants are asked to carry a U.S., Virginia or a Confederate flag. The brigade says the flag request is intended as a protest of Lexington’s decision to banish the flying of the Confederate flag on city light poles.

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