SATURDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2010
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.
10:30 am – Wreath Laying and Military Salute in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery at the gravesite of General Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson. Come witness a solemn military ceremony at Jackson Circle in front of the grave and life-size statue of the General.
11:00 am – Lee-Jackson Day Parade through downtown Lexington from the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery to the Virginia Military Institute. (Visitors are welcomed to join in the procession or watch)
Noon – Memorial Service in Lee Chapel featuring guest speaker Rev. John Weaver, Past Chaplain-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Lee Chapel was built under the direction of Robert E. Lee while he was president of Washington College. Following his death, it was chosen as the location for his final resting place. An addition to the Chapel became the Robert E. Lee Memorial which houses the recumbent statue of Lee by Edward Valentine
1:30 pm – Lee-Jackson Day Luncheon at the historic Hampton Inn – Col Alto featuring live music and good Southern hospitality. Cost: $20 per adult / $15 per child. Pre-payment must be received by January 10th. Send payment to:
Lee-Jackson Day PO Box 466 Lexington, VA 24450 or call (540) 461-0389 (No credit cards)
A Special "Lee-Jackson Day" room rate of $89+tax is available at the historic Hampton Inn-Col Alto for those who wish to stay in Lexington Call (540) 463-2223 and ask for the Lee-Jackson Day rate.
THE STONEWALL BRIGADE CAMP #1296 SCV LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA
On The Web: http://leejacksonday.webs.com/