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Charlottesville Hears Ordinance on Replacing City Holiday

Posted: Updated: Dec 07, 2015 09:48 PM
File Image: Statue of General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville's Lee Park File Image: Statue of General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville's Lee Park
File Image: Statue of General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville's Lee Park File Image: Statue of General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville's Lee Park
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Charlottesville City Council is considering replacing the observance of Lee-Jackson Day with Veterans Day.

Council voted to stop recognizing Lee-Jackson Day as a holiday for city employees back in March, and has been considering a replacement holiday ever since.

At its meeting Monday night, council heard the first reading for a new ordinance declaring Veterans Day a legal city holiday.That would close city offices, and give staff the day off.

Many people have been upset about this issue for a while. Earlier this year, there was debate on both sides, from those who wanted to keep recognizing Lee-Jackson Day, and those who wanted to get rid of it.

At least one city councilor hopes that replacing Lee-Jackson Day with Veterans Day will work for everyone.

"Let's just remove that discord. Let's again celebrate what we have in common, which is commitment to our country, commitment to service and that's what Veteran's Day is all about," said councilor Kathy Galvin. 

Holidays cost the city about $12,000, that funds holiday pay for those who do have to work. The money from Lee-Jackson Day would be used to fund Veterans Day.

“After taking a look at this, we have decided to put this forward to you for consideration for next year November 11, 2016 would mark the first Veterans day that we would observe,” said Maurice Jones, the city manager of Charlottesville.