The True Meaning of Lee-Jackson Day

Tomorrow is Lee-Jackson Day here in Virginia.  What that means for Virginians is a day off for many state employees.  [I am proud to work at a school where we have Monday off in honor of Martin Luther King.]  For the rest of us it should be a day without having to deal with parking meters.  Unless, of course, you live in the city of Norfolk.  It turns out last year the city continued to issue tickets to meter violators.  Luckily a local news channel pointed out the problem to the city, which promised to make the necessary corrections.  Let’s just hope that the city doesn’t make the same mistake this year and that all proud Virginians are able to embrace the true meaning of Lee-Jackson Day.

In all seriousness, I’ve never attended a Lee-Jackson Day event.  Perhaps it is time to head on over the Blue Ridge Mountains to Lexington for Saturday’s festivities.   It looks like the SCV has cooked up a real Lost Cause love fest.  Interestingly, a PBS affiliate will be filming a documentary on the history of Lee-Jackson Day.  That could be quite interesting.

Check out this interesting article on Lee, Jackson, and King from the Alexandria Times.

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3 comments… add one
  • msimons Jan 19, 2010 @ 19:56

    Well down here in TX all I did was fly my 1st National at the House and call a few friends to wish them a Happy Lee/Jackson day. But noone with the UDC or SCV had any programs or dinners.

    • Kevin Levin Jan 19, 2010 @ 20:27

      I really wanted to attend the event in Lexington just to see what goes on. There was much more activity last year, but I guess that had to do with Lee's bicentennial.

      • msimons Jan 20, 2010 @ 21:05

        Too bad you missed it. It would have been interesting.

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