16 January 2010
Part of the text of Governor McDonnell's speech . . .
"It was here that Robert E. Lee, the son of a Virginia Governor, was commissioned as Commander of the Commonwealth’s military forces as a young nation split into war."
And . . .
"It was George Washington who noted, in his first Inaugural Address, 'The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected to remain on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.'"
The Governor's speech echoed a theme of reconciliation. You can read the complete text here.