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(The News Gazette) Flag Raising Part Of Project’s First Phase
To the sound of bagpipes playing “The Bonnie Blue Flag” and the cheers of many in the crowd, a large Confederate battle flag was raised high above the southbound exit of Interstate 81 at Fairfield Saturday.
The raising of the flag was part of the first stage of what organizers are calling the Lee-Jackson Memorial Park, a place they hope to bring Confederate monuments removed from Southern cities in recent years and recreated Confederate monuments.
The park, which was dedicated in a ceremony Saturday, is a project of the Stonewall Brigade of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the local SCV camp that has hosted the Lee-Jackson Day activities in Lexington for many years.
The project was announced during this past January’s Lee-Jackson Day activities on the camp’s Facebook page, after concrete plans were developed last November.
According to the proposed site plans, phase I of the project on the initial 2 acres of land calls for the construction of the large flagpole and circle, an avenue of lesser-sized flags of various units of the SCV and the park flag, and the placement of monuments already in the camp’s possession or being donated to the camp. Future phases on nearby additional land would include…