A new proposal, being considered by the City Council, would only allow for City, State and American flags to fly on flagpoles in Lexington, Virginia, the beautiful Virginia town that is the final resting place of Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, CSA. This ordinance is in direct response to a petition, signed by 300 people, who complained about the various flags of the Confederacy that were flown in the city in the week leading up to the Lee-Jackson Holiday observances in January, 2011. In this proposed sweeping ordinance, even the flags of Virginia Military Institute and Washington & Lee University will be banned, victims of a knee-jerk reaction to the demands of a few, misguided citizens.
For over 150 years, we, as Southerners have suffered the great injustice of prejudice, malice and offense of unfair misrepresentation. We, as a whole, have had no malice towards anyone other than in our righteous and justifiable defense, the merits of which we demonstrate to this day.
I am shocked that the Council would consider supporting such an obvious violation of the rights of its Citizens, and a direct assault on the honor and memory of the men who are, in large part, responsible for the success of the two Universities that call Lexington home and sustain its economy. This petition simply asks that the Council allow the current ordinance to remain in place, allowing the flags of the Confederacy to fly from city flagpoles, in memory and honor of Generals Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, and the over 35,000 Virginians who died defending her soil.
We the undersigned, believe that the proposed ordinance regarding flags, which would, in effect, ban the flying of Confederate flags from flag standards on public light poles in Lexington should not be adopted by the City. We believe that this would unfairly deny citizens of Confederate descent the right to share in equal representation within the community of Lexington VA, and respectfully request your action in denying its passage.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and carefully considering the matter.
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