It’s a good thing I didn’t know what was happening over the weekend in a little town just five hours away. That may seem like a drive, but considering I live 14 hours from this quaint place, that’s just a walk in the park in comparison.

It’s a good thing I’m with my two adorable nephews and wouldn’t want to leave them anyway even if I had known what was happening in a little town just five hours away.

(Here they are, by the way. Aren’t they cute?!? I’m having a blast!)

It’s a good thing I didn’t know, because Friday and Saturday Jackson-Lee Day was celebrated in Lexington, VA! They had a symposium, and a graveside military salute, and a parade, and a memorial service, and a luncheon, and an old-fashioned dance! Ahh! If only I had known I was only five hours away from all the festivities……it…wouldn’t..have mattered. So as it is, it’s better as is.

Regardless of your sentiments on either Confederate generals, or the war itself, everyone should celebrate Virginia’s state holiday Lee-Jackson Day the Friday before MLK just to get a four-day weekend in January!

Robert E. Lee was born on January 19th, 1807, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson on January 21st, 1824, creating the perfect day sandwiched by their birthdays for our family to remember the lives of these two courageous and godly men.

This is my first year to celebrate north of the Mason-Dixon line. I guess you can call this my practice round, as I foresee many a year like this one in my future. I suppose there are worse things that could happen to a southern belle.

Anywho, regardless of what happened last weekend, or what will happen in the years to come, today I wish you a happy Jackson-Lee Day!!

So wear gray, eat some fried chicken, watch a documentary, and dance the Virginia reel!


A little background and history on this holiday for the ignorant and/or interested.

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