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Robert E. Lee’s birthday, also known as Robert E. Lee Day, is a state holiday in some parts of the United States. In some states it is an annual shared state holiday with Martin Luther King’s birthday on the third Monday of January.
Robert E. Lee’s birthday is celebrated by many Americans every year. Events may include: marches, parades, wreath laying ceremonies and musket salutes. Many publications run editorial notes to commemorate Robert E. Lee’s achievements on or around the holiday. It is also customary for some state governors to proclaim the holiday to the general public.
Robert E. Lee’s birthday may not be an official public holiday in all states but there are many people who remember his life and achievements on either the third Monday of January or January 19, which is his actual birthday. Lee-Jackson Day is a state holiday in Virginia on the Friday before Martin Luther King Day to honor both Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Robert E. Lee is also remembered as part of Confederate Memorial Day, also known as Confederate Heroes Day, which falls in different times of the year, depending on the states.
Robert E Lee’s birthday is a state holiday in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi. It is a legal day but it is not a paid holiday for state branches or agencies in Florida. Some states combine the holiday with Martin Luther King’s birthday, but state holiday regulations may change over the years.
Abraham Lincoln, who later became president of the United States, offered Robert E. Lee command of the Union Army in 1861 but Lee refused. He would not raise arms against his native state.