January 16-17 2015
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I felt there were great principles to be maintained, a holy cause to be defended, and determined upon my course - R.E.Lee April 8, 1865
Due to the closure of Lee Chapel this winter for system upgrades the Lee-Jackson Day services will be held at different times and locations. Please see the EVENT tab for more information.
Lee-Jackson Day is a celebration of the lives of two great heroes and most noteworthy citizens of Lexington, Virginia. Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson were both born near this date which became a longstanding state holiday across the South. While neither man was born here, both spent the final years of their lives as residents of Lexington. Stonewall Jackson arrived here prior to the War Between the States and became an integral part of the community as a church leader and professor at the Virginia Military Institute. Robert E. Lee arrived in Lexington following the war and rescued a destitute college that was later renamed Washington and Lee in his honor. Both men are buried here which makes the town a fitting venue to commemorate their lives. We welcome you to join us as we honor not only their military genius, but their personal lives, faith, and character. We also encourage you to walk the streets and explore the town upon which both men left their permanent mark and legacy.
On July 8, Washington & Lee's president Kenneth Ruscio announced some disturbing changes at Lee Chapel. He ordered the flags surrounding Lee's Memorial removed to placate those who despise Lee's legacy. He also issued some confusing and unclear directives concerning access and use of Lee Chapel for Lee-Jackson Day. This sad chapter in our history means that change is likely to occur concerning Lee-Jackson Day. We will continue to update this page as these issues are sorted out.