Fight to Fly Confederate Flag in Rural Va. City

Challenge brought by Sons of Confederate Veterans

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    The Sons of Confederate Veterans isn't giving up its fight to fly the Confederate flag on city-owned poles in Lexington.
     
    Attorneys for the Southern heritage group have scheduled a news conference in Roanoke on Thursday to discuss a legal challenge of a Lexington ordinance passed last September.
     
    The ordinance states that only the city, state and U.S. flags can be flown on downtown light poles.

    City officials say they received hundreds of complaints one year ago when Confederate flags were planted in holders on light poles to mark Lee-Jackson Day, a state holiday.
     
    The ordinance does not limit other public displays of the flag.
     
    Robert E. Lee and Thomas ``Stonewall'' Jackson are buried in the city of approximately 7,000 in rural western Virginia.