lee-jackson day

Well, while we're on the subject of controversial topics, why don't I jump into Virginia's Lee-Jackson Day. No longer Lee-Jackson-King Day for seemingly obvious reasons, this day celebrates the January birthdays of Confederate heroes Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Re-enactors march in a parade during Lee-Jackson Day at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Lexington. The day celebrates the birthdays of Robert E. Lee (Jan. 19) and Stonewall Jackson (Jan. 21). Here in Virginia, one of the biggest towns to celebrate the day is Lexington, where Stonewall Jackson is buried. People gather to celebrate his life around his grave, and then march in a parade while singing "Dixie,"  holding their Confederate flags on the way to the Washington and Lee campus for a service at Lee Chapel. The night is culminated in a traditional Civil War-era ball with traditional dress.

Re-enactors fire of a gun salute during Lee-Jackson Day events at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Lexington. The day celebrates the birthdays of Robert E. Lee (Jan. 19) and Stonewall Jackson (Jan. 21). I was really glad I was able to attend Lee-Jackson Day — another event that I would've never seen in Missouri!

Re-enactors say a prayer during Lee-Jackson Day events at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Lexington. The day celebrates the birthdays of Robert E. Lee (Jan. 19) and Stonewall Jackson (Jan. 21).

Kelly Hinson, a Mary Anna Jackson re-enactor, participates in Lee-Jackson Day events at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Lexington. The day celebrates the birthdays of Robert E. Lee (Jan. 19) and Stonewall Jackson (Jan. 21). Members of the 5th Virginia Infantry practice before the Lee-Jackson Day events at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Lexington. The day celebrates the birthdays of Robert E. Lee (Jan. 19) and Stonewall Jackson (Jan. 21). Tripp Lewis of Richmond holds up a Confederate flag along with other members of the Virginia Flaggers during Lee-Jackson Day events at the  Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Lexington. The day celebrates the birthdays of Robert E. Lee (Jan. 19) and Stonewall Jackson (Jan. 21). Re-enactors walk into the Lee Chapel after marching in a parade during Lee-Jackson Day at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Lexington. The day celebrates the birthdays of Robert E. Lee (Jan. 19) and Stonewall Jackson (Jan. 21).