Lexington challenges Confederate flag display

Town officials in Lexington, Va. will vote tonight at a public hearing whether to ban the display of the Confederate flag on downtown poles as was done in January on the anniversary of Lee-Jackson Day. The ban would include all flags except the national, state and Lexington flag.

Lexington, located at the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley, is the place where Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson taught and where he and Gen. Robert E. Lee are buried. It is also one of the few places left in Virginia that still stages a large parade to mark the joint birthdays of Lee and Jackson.

The Confederate flag is not the target of the ban, town officials say, and point out that it can be displayed elsewhere in Lexington.

The local camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has organized a “Save Our Flag” rally prior to the meeting.

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