Charlottesville City Council votes to end Lee-Jackson Day

Representatives now considering replacement holidays


Lee-Jackson Day previously offered a day off for Charlottesville city workers.

The Virginia state holiday Lee-Jackson Day will no longer be observed in Charlottesville following a City Council vote Monday.

With this move Charlottesville joins other Virginia localities such as Richmond, Fairfax, Hampton, Lynchburg and Norfolk, which have also stopped observing the holiday.

The Council unanimously approved an ordinance to end Charlottesville’s observance of the holiday, which honors Confederate Army Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Previously, city workers were given a day off on the holiday each year.

Council Member Kristin Szakos initially brought the issue to the attention of the Council.

“I had heard about it in the community for years and thought it was worth discussing,” Szakos said.

Szakos said feedback from the community was mixed, with some in support of the holiday and others strongly against it.

“We had not exactly universal support, but mostly universal,” Szakos said. “Many constituents expressed interest in having it ended. Most people in opposition to the ordinance were not from Charlottesville.”

Susan Hathaway of The Virginia Flaggers, a Southern heritage advocacy group, spoke before the vote in favor of upholding the holiday.

“If you take it upon yourselves to strike down a holiday that was established by the duly elected representatives of this city, you are opening the door to having the same thing happen to Thomas Jefferson Day, for instance, should a future council decide he is not ‘worthy of honoring,’” Hathaway said in her speech. “I urge you to set aside the prejudice and bias which led to this proposed amendment, and leave the Lee-Jackson Holiday as is.”

Lee-Jackson Day was held the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Szakos said the next step is to decide which holiday will replace Lee-Jackson Day for city staff.

“What we’ve done is sent it back to staff, the city manager is taking a poll of staff to find a holiday to replace it with,” Szakos said.

She said a few holidays were being discussed, and Veterans Day is a potential candidate.

Published March 5, 2015 in News

North Carolina SCV Camp agrees to remove sign.

A local group that celebrates the South’s Confederate past will take down a prominent sign that had greeted those traveling into North Carolina on U.S. 321 for the past several years.
Sons of Confederate Veterans had placed the sign, which includes the Confederate flag, along U.S. 321 North believing that it was on private property, said Bill Starnes, commander of the Maj. Charles Q. Petty Camp, the Gastonia-based group that erected the sign.
However, the Department of Transportation looked at the location of the sign this week and determined that the sign was on public land and within the highway’s right of way.
Transportation officials talked with leaders in the Sons of Confederate Veterans group who agreed to take the sign down, said Jordan-Ashley Walker, a spokeswoman for the Department of
Transportation, on Friday.
Starnes said his group does not want to violate any state policies.
Both transportation officials and leaders of the Sons of Confederate Veterans group said the sign has not drawn any criticism that they could readily recall.

SCV Camp 458 BS Session (informal mid-month meeting), Wednesday Feb. 18th!

Greetings Compatriots and Friends,
  SCV Camp 458 is restarting its informal mid month BS Sessions. The BS Session (Brain Storming or BSing) is a time for members and friends to get together and visit, talk politics, come up with ideas for the Camp and much more. Its not an official meeting, so we don’t follow the bylaws for these.
  We’ll be meeting at Izzy’s Restaurant at Eastport Plaza in SE Portland at 7pm. Izzy’s address is 3846 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266.
  Its a lot of fun, so don’t miss it! See ya Wednesday!
Erik Ernst
SCV Pacific NW Division

SCV Camp 458’s Lee and Jackson Day Dinner!

  On January 24th, SCV Camp 458 celebrated Lee and Jackson Day. It was very well attended and everyone seemed to have had a great time! I just wanted to say thank you to Jay Willis and my Dad (Norm Ernst) for doing two excellent presentations about Lee and Jackson!
  The Lee and Jackson Day Dinner will be the 1st of many Dinners and Social gatherings that Camp 458 will be holding in 2015. These gatherings are all part of Lt. Commander Jay Willis’ “Southern Hospitality Nights” plan. If you have any suggestions for potential events and dinners, please let us know.
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Thank You,
Erik Ernst
SCV Pacific NW Division

SCV Camp 458 Lee-Jackson Dinner, January 24th!

Greetings Compatriots and Friends,
  I am pleased to invite you to SCV Camp 458’s Lee-Jackson Dinner! We will be honoring two of the greatest Americans of all time, Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
  Join with us on January 24th at La Carreta Mexican Restaurant located at 4534 SE McLoughlin Blvd (Corner of SE Holgate and McLoughlin), in Portland, Oregon. We have the upstairs banquet room available from 5pm to 8pm. Dinner starts at 5pm. Please RSVP with me if you can make it.
  See ya there!
Thank You,
Erik Ernst
SCV Pacific NW Division