January 13-15, 2017
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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
The Lexington City Council is asking to be sued. First, the city deliberately granted a permit for another organization to usurp the usual time and place of the Lee-Jackson Day parade. Secondly, The Stonewall Brigade sought to eliminate any conflict by shifting to the following weekend to avoid any confrontation between participants. The City Manager announced in the news papers that no action would be taken on additional parade requests at the city council meeting on November 3rd, nor was such discussion on the posted agenda.
Council Limits January Parade Dates
Published by admin on Fri, 11/04/2016 - 11:32am
By Kit Huffman
Lexington City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to limit parades in the month of January to sequential days from Lee-Jackson Day (Friday, Jan. 13) to Martin Luther King Day (Monday, Jan. 16).
The action followed a motion from Councilman Patrick Rhamey, who began by noting that the city had received three additional parade requests for January (two from the Stonewall Brigade Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and one from the Virginia Flaggers).
“While we agree that we’re delighted that so many people are interested in visiting Lexington,” and while Council “supports First Amendment rights,” Rhamey continued, four parades would present “logistical challenges” to the city. Therefore, he moved to instruct the city manager to work with the groups requesting the parades “to minimize the impact on our citizens” and to have all parades occur in sequence from Jan. 13 to Jan. 16.
On Oct. 20, Council granted a parade permit to CARE for Jan. 14, that group having requested its permit some months ago. The date has been traditionally reserved by the Stonewall Brigade group for their Lee-Jackson parade, which they’ve held in Lexington since 2000. In response to the CARE permit, the Stonewall Brigade requested permits for both Jan. 14 and the following Saturday, Jan. 21. The Virginia Flaggers then requested a parade permit for Jan. 16 and offered to “trade” their parade dates with CARE. The latter declined the offer.
Why was the agenda updated after the meeting????
October 27, 2016
Stonewall Brigade Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans Statement:
The City Council of Lexington, Virginia recently approved a request from an organization known as CARE to hold a parade at the same time and traditional place as the Annual Lee-Jackson Day events hosted by The Stonewall Brigade Camp SCV. It is no secret that some members of the council, the outgoing mayor who forced through the vote, and the college elites have great disdain for the traditional values and views of the native community who still commemorate their Confederate history. These elitists have worked tirelessly to intimidate local venues in an attempt to disrupt the SCV's commemoration of the lives of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson in their final home and resting place. The latest action is not an act to solidify the community as CARE claims, but an attempt to silence the viewpoints of those they disagree with in the most disrespectful of ways. Unlike CARE, the SCV believes in freedom of expression and believes their viewpoint has every right to be expressed in the public sphere, but not when they choose to do so by attempting quash our right to give honor to the leaders and soldiers which we descend from.
The Sons of Confederate Veteran's membership is open to all races and creeds and has minority members upon its rolls. The Confederate army was not segregated and included many free and slave Blacks upon which the army would not have been able to survive otherwise. The Confederate Secretary of State, Judah P. Benjamin was Jewish at a time when U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant ordered all Jews thrown out of his army. Many Native American tribes fought with the Confederacy and the last Confederate General to surrender was the Indian Chief Stande Waite. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were both opposed to slavery. Robert E. Lee's uncle had lead the early fight in Virginia to first stop the spread of slavery and to seek to abolish it. Stonewall Jackson famously lead his Sunday School for local blacks, teaching them to read and write against the laws of the time and through his efforts some of those students went on to prominent rolls in the future. Lexington has a school named for Rev. Lyburn Downing who's parents were taught by Jackson and for which he installed stain glass widows honoring Jackson in his church. In Lexington you will find the grave of a free black Confederate soldier, Levi Miller, who prominently had the large letters C.S.A. placed on his grave marker. The SCV has passed resolutions condemning racial hatred and misuse of Confederate symbols with the latest version available at http://www.scv.org/pdf/2010BattleFlagResolution.pdf
The Stonewall Brigade SCV believes the actions of CARE and others to disrupt the Lee-Jackson Day events is simply an effort to promote hatred for our ancestors and us and an attempt to cause confrontation. Therefore, we will seek to meet with the organizers of CARE and seek to show that our struggle is about honoring the good character of men like Lee and Jackson and not about hatred and perhaps join them in their efforts to denounce such. However, in the meantime we have decided that on the traditional weekend of our event to shift our focus onto promoting Lexington's rich Black Confederate History and call to honor the names of Levi Miller, Jefferson Shields, Jim Lewis, and others. Furthermore, if we cannot reach a consensus to respect our original event date, we plan to host the Lee-Jackson Day events in Lexington on the following weekend on January 21, 2017 which is the birthday of General T.J. “Stonewall” Jackson.
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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.
Washington & Lee's president Kenneth Ruscio's administration now considers honoring Robert E. Lee in Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day to be an improper use of a building built under the administration of Robert E. Lee which is also his gravesite and the home of the Lee Memorial. As Donald Trump recently said, Political Correctness has ruined our country. Robert E. Lee while a humble man who would not want such a fuss about himself whether he deserves it or not, would no doubt be ashamed of what has become of his college.