Why Lee-Jackson Day Matters to the Valley

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

WAYNESBORO, Va. -- People in the Valley wanted to remember Lee-Jackson Day's heritage because of Waynesboro's involvement in the Civil War. Soldiers fought in several battles in the Valley, including in downtown Waynesboro.

Shirley Bridgeforth, Waynesboro's Heritage Foundation president, said the Confederate flag has been associated with controversy for decades. She said that shouldn't be the focus of the day anymore.

“I think people sometimes get it messed up,” said Bridgeforth. “We're not trying to fight a Civil War now. We're just keeping the history component of it alive. Yes, on the days we are doing events here, we do fly that flag, but we also fly the United States flag.”

The Plumb House, a Civil War icon in Waynesboro, will celebrate Lee-Jackson day Sunday afternoon. People there plan to teach the next generation of students about why Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are significant figures in the history of the Valley.

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