Alabama to observe Confederate Memorial Day

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State government offices are closing Monday in Alabama for Confederate Memorial Day.

Alabama has an official state holiday commemorating Confederate soldiers killed in the Civil War. It is observed on the fourth Monday in April.

A group holds an annual commemoration on the grounds of the Alabama Capitol. Participants typically dress in Confederate costumes and pay tribute to ancestors who died fighting for the South.

An organization called Faith in Action is also planning a Monday event to urge the state to rethink the appropriateness of the holiday.

Georgia used to mark the holiday, but removed the Confederate reference in 2015.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.

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