Confederate Flags Cause Controversy in Virginia Town

Group allowed to celebrate Lee-Jackson Day with confederate flags

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011  |  Updated 9:15 PM EDT
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Confederate Flags Cause Controversy in Virginia Town

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A statue of Stonewall Jackson atop his horse looks over Henry Hill at the battlefields of Manassas, or Bull Run as it was generally known in the North.

Friday is Lee-Jackson Day in Virginia, a day for remembering two of the Civil War's Confederate leaders -- Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

In Lexington, Va., the holiday has sparked controversy.

The "Sons of Confederate Veterans" has permission from the city to fly Confederate flags on city streets all week. The group was denied its original request to fly the flags through next Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Those offended by the Confederate flag say a week of flying them is too much.

Lexington's city manager said the town has allowed other groups to put up flags, so in fairness, it has to allow the Sons of Confederate Veterans to do the same.

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