USA: Virginia honours Confederate civil war generals on Lee-Jackson Day

Dozens of people took part in a civil war reenactment to honour Confederate leaders General Robert E Lee and General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson on Virginia's Lee-Jackson Day at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery in Lexington, Saturday.

Participants donning civil war-era uniforms and Confederate flags marched to the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery following a civil war reenactment, where they honoured the two Confederate leaders.

"We're here to honour General Jackson and, of course, General Lee, who is buried at the other end of town, on Lee-Jackson day, which is a holiday here in the state of Virginia. That's what this is about, we're here to honour these great generals," stated one participant.

Lee-Jackson Day is a state holiday in Virginia to honour the two Confederate leaders of the military and naval forces during the US civil war. Virginia began observing Lee's birthday on January 19, 1889, with Jackson added to the remembrance services in 1904.

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