LEXINGTON -- Lee-Jackson Day is an annual celebration in Virginia, honoring two of the most famous Confederate generals in the Civil War.
Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were born in Virginia. This year, the annual event is causing a stir in Lexington because of a controversial symbol - the Confederate flag.
Brandon Dorsey is the leader of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans chapter. His group asked the city Monday to put up two versions, prior to Lee-Jackson Day, and leave them up through the next Monday, Martin Luther King Junior Day.
The council said 'no' but agreed to the week prior. Dorsey says in his eyes, no one should be offended.
'I don't see it as a symbol of racism. I know some people that feel that way, but to us, we don't consider that -- we don't consider that they should, I guess, is what I should say,' he said.
The flags went up Monday morning and the city manager said he hadn't received any complaints.
A woman on her way to work Wednesday, however, said she was angry about it.
'I understand the flags are to hang there for a whole week. It is certainly too much, and frankly it's causing me an embarrassment. I teach young people at Washington and Lee and I'm embarrassed before my students that our town allows such a thing to happen for so long,' explained Lindsey Ward.
The city manager says there was thought that went into the decision.
'I think in this specific case w, were more cognizant that we've allowed others to put flags up,.' said Jon Ellestad.
For Browdsky, it's not just any flag.
'There is certainly a sense that for a lot of people it means discrimination, injustice and it symbolizes slavery,'Dorsey admitted.
Lee and Jackson lived in Lexington in their later years