Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by Lost Cause, Jan 12, 2018.
The following link has a list of events in Lexington, VA.
Odd choice of date, since Lee's birthday is Jan. 19 and Jackson's is Jan. 21; I guess since this appears to be an SCV event it's still okay to commemorate them, even though I'm sure somebody will be offended.
Perhaps taking advantage of the three day weekend? According to them, MLK would have approved.
Although convenient for modern celebrants, I've always disapproved of taking events associated with particular historic dates - including birthdays - and observing them whenever it's most convenient. I remember the outcry when this was attempted with Veteran's Day - formerly Armistice Day - which of course famously occurred on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. Today, probably nobody's left who would know the difference or significance of the date!
Only bland things of no importance offends no one.
Perhaps more convenience for state workers.
Unquestionably, but nonetheless annoying - for example, because of the "holiday" I'll be cut off from the city library and its computers for the next three days!
I wish I could be there.
I suggest a national paid holiday for all the offended in the country.
Sounds self serving to give yourself a paid holiday. I am offended because I am retired will not benefit.
Hmm, I hadn't thought of that, since I am also retired, it's another grievance I can add to the celebration.
If anyone went from here, can you please tell about the events/speakers of the weekend? I'm not asking to snark or be rude or to encourage rudeness. I truly didn't know this was even a thing until I read about it here because their birthdays aren't the same days, which really confused me at first.
This has been a pretty big deal for many years in Lexington. Since both Lee & Jackson had such ties to the town it was the biggest Lee-Jackson Day celebration and parade around to my knowledge. It is now the Friday preceding MLK day and the state employees get a four day weekend. I have never been but would like to go one day.
UDC always observed Lee Jackson day. They also observe their actual birthdays.
The event is held around the state holiday of Lee Jackson Day which officially was Friday.
This celebration (in Lexington) has happened continuously since 2000. The event is put on / sponsored by the local SCV Chapter in Lexington, The Stonewall Brigade camp #1296
I put this post about it last week..
I was personally in attendance at all events Saturday. Was a good turn out considering how cold it was. I included a short video of the start of the Parade. It starts leaving Stonewall Jackson Cemetery, & turning downtown Lexington.
Most of the events were focused on the character of Lee & Jackson as men, & their Christian faith. Saturday's Lee memorial service was much like a sermon or church service as one would expect, followed by fellowship.
A fantastic meal was had after the service, I know I'm still craving more of the green beans.....
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