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Lexington, Va. Leaders Consider Limits On Confederate Flag

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Lexington, Va. leaders are considering banning the flying of the Confederate flag on city flagpoles.
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Lexington, Va. leaders are considering banning the flying of the Confederate flag on city flagpoles.

Leaders in Lexington, Va. are considering limits on downtown flag-flying, including the Confederate flag, angering defenders of the divisive Southern symbol.

Lexington, the city where confederate leaders Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson were buried, may vote tonight on new rules about what flags can be flown on the city's downtown flagpoles.

They're considering limiting flags flown downtown to the U.S., Virginia, and Lexington flags.

Lexington's city manager says complaints convinced leaders that flying the Confederate flag in downtown may not be appropriate, since many view it as a defense of slavery.

He says the new rules would not prohibit individuals from flying the flag elsewhere in town.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans have organized a rally ahead of Thursday's public hearing and expected vote. The group is offering free hot dogs and music, and have distributed a flyer with a drawing of General Lee with a tear rolling down his cheek.

The head Virginia's ACLU, which has defended the right to fly the Confederate flag in Lexington in the past, says he is watching the situation in Lexington closely.

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