Friday is Lee-Jackson Day, a state holiday that honors the birthdays of Confederate leaders Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
On Monday, the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which honors the slain civil rights leader.
Virginia is the only state to observe both days. Below is a roundup of events taking place this weekend to commemorate these historic leaders.
Annual Lee-Jackson Symposium & Dance
Celebrate the military and personal lives of two noteworthy citizens of Lexington: Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
When: The symposium will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and the dance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Holiday Inn Express, Lexington
Cost: Symposium, free; dance, $10 in advance or $15 door
Lee-Jackson Day Ceremonies
A wreath-laying ceremony, military salute and parade in honor of Lee and Jackson’s military service.
When: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Downtown Lexington
Lea Morris: Songs of the Civil Rights Movement
To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lea Morris, a Washington D.C. singer and songwriter, will perform her uplifting blend of gospel, jazz, country and R&B music, characterized as contemporary soul-folk. Morris has released seven full-length albums and has been nominated for multiple awards by the Washington Area Music Association.
When: 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Colket Center Cavern, Roanoke College
NAACP Martin Luther King Celebration
The Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County Branch of the NAACP will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration with speaker Larry Bechtel.
When: 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Where: Schaeffer Memorial Baptist Church, Christiansburg
17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The Roanoke Alumni Chapter of North Carolina A&T State University present this breakfast buffet with speaker and North Carolina State Senator Gladys A. Robinson. Tickets must be purchased by today.
When: 8 to 10 a.m.
Where: Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke
Cost: Adults, $30; youth 4 to 11, $10; children 3 and younger, free
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day march
The Roanoke chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is organizing a march that will begin at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge in downtown Roanoke. After a short program, the group will march to First Baptist Church.
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge, Henry Street, Roanoke.
More details: 400-2459.
Stonewall Jackson Birthday Celebration
A celebration of Stonewall Jackson’s birthday with cake, ice cream and free tours at the only home he ever owned.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Stonewall Jackson House Museum, 8 E. Washington St., Lexington