Hundreds gathered Saturday in freshly cleared woods along Interstate 95 to celebrate the raising of a Confederate battle flag, an event that stirred strong opposition from those who view the flag as a symbol of division.
A group’s plan to hoist a Confederate flag up a 50-foot pole along Interstate 95 has sparked a patriotic response from opponents in the former capital of the Confederacy: the flying of the American flag.
Democrats in Virginia are asking officials to condemn a heritage group’s plans to fly a large Confederate flag along Interstate 95.
Virginia is marking Lee-Jackson Day, a state holiday dedicated to two towering figures in the Civil War. The subject of the Confederate flags remains a prickly subject in Lexington. City officials banned the flying of that flag and others on municipal light poles in 2011.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans is appealing the dismissal of its lawsuit challenging Lexington’s decision to banish the Confederate flag and other banners from city light poles.
The city of Lexington is defending its decision to keep the Confederate battle flag off city-owned property, because it could open the door to all sorts of offensive messages.