Is it time to get rid of Confederate Memorial Day? | The Tylt

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Alabama and Mississippi are the only two states to recognize Confederate Memorial Day as an official state holiday, though others celebrate the day in different ways.

Georgia stopped officially recognizing Confederate Memorial Day in 2015, replacing it with the generically named "State Holiday." Florida and South Carolina celebrate the day but not as a state holiday.

The holiday is apparently meant to honor the lives lost during the Civil War.

Confederate Memorial Day traces its roots back to 1866 when the Ladies Memorial Association of Columbus, Georgia passed a resolution to set aside a day to honor Confederate soldiers who lost their lives in the Civil War. Almost 260,000 Civil War soldiers were killed in the line of duty.
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Many are outraged that some states still recognize Confederate Memorial Day as an official holiday. A holiday honoring white supremacy and slavery has no place in 2018.

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But others feel there is nothing wrong with celebrating history and honoring those who lost their lives in the Civil War, even if they were on the Confederate side.

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And others continue to argue the Civil War was about the Southern "way of life," not slavery.

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