ONLY ON 3: Wilmington business closed in honor of Robert E. Lee’s birthday


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Submitted: Thu, 01/19/2012 - 9:34pm
Updated: Thu, 01/19/2012 - 9:40pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many businesses and schools were closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday. Today at least one Wilmington business was closed in remembrance of another American leader.

Neighbors noticed Woodbury & Co. Commercial and Personal Insurance off Military Cutoff was closed today in honor of the birthday of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The controversial move has people on both sides of the argument speaking out.

“I think they shouldn’t shut down for Robert. E. Lee’s birthday, because it’s not a holiday, and they’re missing out on their money and their business,” Christopher McDougal of Wilmington said.

Jack Stanfield of Wilmington said, “If the business owner feels he needs to close for respect to what our nation has stood for, then he should have the right to do it himself.”

Many small business owners we spoke with said they were open on both MLK Day and Robert E. Lee’s birthday, because they say they could not afford to close.

We were unable to reach anyone at Woodbury & Co. to see why they chose to take Lee’s birthday off.

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42 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Wilmington business closed in honor of Robert E. Lee’s birthday"


Guest1
2015 years 8 months ago

I love it! I applaud Woodberry & Co. Insurance for this!

Guest Lee
2015 years 8 months ago

Please give Mr. Woodbury and all his employees my deepest regard and admiration. What WWAY meant for evil has turned around for good.

NCGULL
2015 years 8 months ago

Robert E. Lee refused to draw a sword against his home – Virginia. I would do the same for North Carolina. If you wouldn’t, you need to leave it – NOW. Slavery was alive and well a LOT longer under the American flag than it was the Confederate flag, so why all the criticism anyway? Robert E. Lee was an honorable man, and his birthday is what I celebrate on my January day off from work. Way to go, Woodbury & Co. – YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A. JOHNSON
2015 years 8 months ago

THANKS FOR STANDING UP FOR A GREAT GENERAL IN AMERICAN HISTORY, WISH MORE PEOPLE WOULD DO THE SAME. THIS IS NOT ONLY ABOUT THE SOUTH BUT
ABOUT AMERICA, AND AS AMERICAN, I AM PROUD TO BE FROM THE SOUTH.
WOODBERRY INS. IS A GREAT COMPANY AND THE FAMILY HAS DONE A LOT OF GOOD THINGS FOR WILMINGTON, MORE THAN “MOST” OF US CITIZENS, BUT I SUPPOSE WWAY DOESN’T REPORT THOSE THINGS. WOODBERRY HAS THE RIGHT TO CLOSE AND OPEN ON ANY DAY THEY WISH–THAT IS THE AMERICAN WAY, AND THANK GOD FOR PEOPLE LIKE THE WOODBERRY FAMILY AND THEIR EMPLOYEES. WWAY NEEDS TO REPORT ON HOW AMERICA NEEDS JOBS AND HOW CAN WE CREATE NEW JOB AND ON ALL THE CRIME THAT IS GOING ON IN THE TOWN INSTEAD OF WHO IS CLOSED AND WHY THEY CLOSED.

Brad
2015 years 8 months ago

Any business owner should have the right to close their business on what ever day they choose. I just hope they close on 1/19 out of respect for Robert E. Lee, not out of disrespect for the MLK holiday…