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Lee-Jackson Day IS Celebrated Dixie Wide
This article needs to be expanded to include the FACT that Lee-Jackson Day while not an officially observed holiday in all of the Southern States is still celebrated and observed none the less by the citizens of each State on January 19 of each year. Only Virginia celebrates Lee-Jackson Day on the Friday before MLK Day, everyone else does it on the 19th (Lee's Birth date).
For example I live in Tampa, FL and all across our area their are BBQ's and festivals to mark this Southern Holiday. My cousin lives in Atlanta, GA and they have 3 parades for Lee 7 Jackson and the Stone Mt. Park has a major event to honor them.
This article is written to belittle the holiday as a "fringe" holiday celebrated by a small group of people when its really a major Southern Holiday.
Hello? I'm looking for some feedback regarding the expansion of this topic which is currently painted with a thick coat of Yankee / anti-Southern - Southern minimalist white wash. Lee-Jackson Day is celebrated all across Dixie and even in some States that are not even part of Dixie.
Please provide feedback by March 1, 2009 or I will begin to edit this article on my own.
I would like to have this article updated by inserting the below Virginia Code in the  area. If in doubt, the code can be found at the following URL http://leg6.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?001+ful+CHAP0454
Wikipedia article Lee-Jackson-King Day was a holiday celebrated in the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1984 to 2000. Robert E. Lee's birthday (January 19, 1807) has been celebrated as a Virginia holiday since 1889. In 1904, the legislature added the birthday of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson (January 21, 1824) to the holiday, and Lee-Jackson Day was born. In 1983, the United States Congress declared January 15 to be a national holiday in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Since 1978, Virginia had celebrated King's birthday in conjunction with New Year's Day. To align with the federal holiday, the Virginia legislature simply combined King's celebration with the existing Lee-Jackson holiday. In 2000, Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore proposed splitting Lee-Jackson-King Day into two separate holidays after debate arose over whether the nature of the holiday which simultaneously celebrated the lives of Confederate generals and a civil rights icon was incongruous. The measure was approved and the two holidays are now celebrated separately as Lee-Jackson Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Amendment and reenactment § 2.1-21 of the Code of Virginia
CHAPTER 454 An Act to amend and reenact § 2.1-21 of the Code of Virginia, relating to legal holidays. [H 1124] Approved April 4, 2000 Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia: 1. That § 2.1-21 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows: § 2.1-21. Legal holidays. It is the policy of the Commonwealth to fix and set aside certain days in the calendar year as legal holidays for the people of Virginia to honor and commemorate such holidays so established. In each year, the following days are designated as legal holidays: January 1 - New Year's Day. The Friday preceding the third Monday in January - Lee-Jackson Day to honor Robert Edward Lee (1807 - 1870) and Thomas Jonathan (Stonewall) Jackson (1824 - 1863), defenders of causes. The third Monday in January - Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Lee-Jackson-King Day to honor Robert Edward Lee (1807 - 1870), Thomas Jonathan (Stonewall) Jackson (1824 - 1863), and to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., (1929 - 1968), defenders defender of causes. The third Monday in February - George Washington Day to honor George Washington (1732 - 1799), the first President of the United States of America. The last Monday in May - Memorial Day to honor all persons who made the supreme sacrifice in giving their lives in defense of Virginia and the United States of America in the following wars and engagements and otherwise: Indian Uprising (1622), French and Indian Wars (1754 - 1763), Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783), War of 1812 (1812 - 1815), Mexican War (1846 - 1848), War Between the States (1861 - 1865), Spanish-American War (1898), World War I (1917 - 1918), World War II (1941 - 1945), Korean War (1950 - 1953), Vietnam War (1965 - 1973), and Operation Desert Shield-Desert Storm (1990 - 1991). On this day all flags, national, state, and local, shall be flown at half staff or mast to honor and acknowledge respect for those who made the supreme sacrifice. July 4 - Independence Day to honor the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The first Monday in September - Labor Day to honor all people who work for a livelihood in Virginia. The second Monday in October - Columbus Day and Yorktown Victory Day to honor Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506), a discoverer of the Americas, and the final victory at Yorktown on October 19, 1781, in the Revolutionary War. November 11 - Veterans Day to honor all persons who served in the Armed Forces of Virginia and the United States of America in the following wars and engagements and otherwise: Indian Uprising (1622), French and Indian Wars (1754 - 1763), Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783), War of 1812 (1812 - 1815), Mexican War (1846 - 1848), War Between the States (1861 - 1865), Spanish American War (1898), World War I (1917 - 1918), World War II (1941 - 1945), Korean War (1950 - 1953), Vietnam War (1965 - 1973), and Operation Desert Shield-Desert Storm (1990 - 1991). The fourth Thursday in November and the Friday next following - Thanksgiving Day to honor and give thanks in each person's own manner for the blessings bestowed upon the people of Virginia and honoring the first Thanksgiving in 1619. December 25 - Christmas Day. Whenever any of such days falls on Saturday, the Friday next preceding such day, or whenever any of such days falls on Sunday, the Monday next following such day, and any day so appointed by the Governor of this Commonwealth or the President of the United States, shall be a legal holiday as to the transaction of all business. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 21:18, 3 May 2010 (UTC)