But whats that you say!!!!!!!! You've never heard of Lee-Jackson Day????? Well i guess not everyone is a True Virginian, or at least living in Virginia like we are. Ok kids, sit back and Uncle Grenville will tell you about how Lee-Jackson Day came about.
The original holiday, created in 1889, celebrated Lee's birthday. In 1904 Jackson's name was added to the holiday. This holiday is celebrated only in the Commonwealth of Virginia to commemorate the birthdays of both Robert E. Lee (January 19, 1807) and Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson (January 21, 1824). For those of you who may not be familiar with the layout of the United States or are familiar but geographically challenged, Virginia is in the SOUTH…. thats right, Confederate Territory. And they take Lee-Jackson Day seriously. This is an official State Holiday. State offices are closed. BUT banks and ABC (liquor) Stores are open.
So what happens on Lee-Jackson Day????? Typical events include a wreath laying ceremony with honors at Lee's grave in Lexington Va., Civil War themed parades, and a gala ball. Luckily they have stopped hunting Damn Yankee New Jersey Come-Heres.
Now you're probably asking "What does this have to do with their anniversary?????" Well, we closed on the Frog & PenguINN ten years ago on Lee-Jackson Day (actually Jan. 21st that year). We had never heard of the holiday, but were quickly educated by our attorney. He then asked if we wanted our deed right away. We said yes, so he told us to make ourselves a cup of coffee and he would go across the street to the County Clerks office. Twenty minutes later he returned with all of the paperwork signed, sealed and ready for delivery. Oh yes, he apologized for making us wait so long. He had stopped to have coffee with the County Clerk. There are some wonderful pluses to rural, small town life.