Should the U.S. Continue to Celebrate Confederate Memorial Day?
Should we continue celebrating Confederate Memorial Day?
by Countable | 5.27.19
What's the story?
- Today, Americans on both sides of the Mason-Dixon are setting off legal and illegal fireworks in honor of those who gave their lives fighting for the stars and stripes.
- Throughout the south, however, a handful of states have another holiday to honor those who died fighting for the stars and bars.
Which states honor those who died in the Civil War?
Confederate Memorial Day is an official state holiday in Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina. It is unofficially observed in most southern states.
- Alabama, Florida, and Georgia celebrate Confederate Memorial Day on the fourth Monday in April.
- Mississippi observes Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday in April.
- South Carolina honors Confederate soldiers on May 10.
- Virginia calls the last Monday in May Confederate Memorial Day.
- Louisiana celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on June 3, the same day Tennessee observes Confederate Decoration Day.
- Texas observes Confederate Heroes Day on January 19.
What are people saying?
- Ninon Parker, a member of Alabama's United Daughters of the Confederacy, told the Times Daily this past April that the observance honors the sacrifice of southern soldiers.
“Many of our ancestors here in this region fought for the Confederacy and I believe, as do many fellow Alabamians, that their sacrifices are worth remembering, and their bravery should not be forgotten. That is why I believe we continue to observe Confederate Memorial Day in Alabama. It is our heritage.”
- Various historians, civil rights groups, and activists tweeted out their rebukes of the holiday.
What do you think?
Do you support a Memorial Day honoring Confederate soldiers? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.
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