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Posted: 1/13/2006 4:25:15 PM EDT
I believe some areas of VA are celebrating today as Lee Jackson Day. Here is a press release about Lee Jackson day from 2004 (I couldn't find if there was a 2006 release.)

WHEREAS, Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson are native Virginians who served our great nation and Commonwealth as faithful citizens and as beloved leaders and pioneers in the areas of education and military strategy; and

WHEREAS, Lee served in the United States Army for more than three decades until he resigned from his post to become Commander in Chief of Virginia's military forces and Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia at the outbreak of the American Civil War; and

WHEREAS, Jackson served with distinction in the United States Army from 1846-1851 following his graduation from West Point before leaving to teach philosophy and military tactics as a professor at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington for nearly a decade, after which he, too, joined the Confederate Army to fight for his native Virginia in the Civil War; and

WHEREAS, Lee dedicated his life after the Civil War to reforming higher education in the South by serving as President of Washington College, now Washington & Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia, and he greatly increased the school's funding and expanded the curriculum to create an atmosphere conducive to learning for young men of both Southern and Northern heritage; and

WHEREAS, Jackson exemplified leadership and bravery while guiding his troops to several improbable victories against superior opposition forces, and Jackson's inspired "Stonewall Brigade" fought alongside General Lee's troops toward yet another victory even after their leader was fatally wounded on the second day of the Battle of Chancellorsville; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting to recognize Generals Lee and Jackson as among our nation's most notable military strategists, as beloved leaders among their troops, as pioneers in the field of higher education and as faithful and dedicated Virginians;

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Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:28:50 PM EDT
New to the area don't know anything about it 'cept I got holiday pay for it...bring on Martin Luther another holiday pay day!!!
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