Virginia will eliminate state holiday honoring Confederate generals. It’ll make Election Day a day off instead

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia legislators are working to end the state's tradition of honoring confederate generals, WRIC reports.

This week, the Virginia House of Delegates voted to eliminate Lee-Jackson Day from the list of state holidays.

It is observed in January the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

It honors Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson as "defenders of causes."

Both men owned slaves and fought to preserve slavery in the US.

In its place, the House bill proposed the state replace the holiday with Election Day, the first Monday in November, instead.

The Virginia Senate passed an identical bill last month.

Both chambers will need to approve the legislation before it goes to the governor for signature.

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