The South Rises Again: It's Confederate Memorial Day
Monday, April 23, is a holiday for State of Georgia employees.
It's the 21st Century: Atlanta has the world's busiest airport -- and a holiday in honor of the Confederacy. As the song "Dixie" says: "Old times there are not forgotten."
Monday, April 23, is a holiday for state employees in observance of Confederate Memorial Day. Really. According to the state website, the holiday is observed Monday, although it officially is April 26.
Technically, there is no holiday officially known as Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia, which originally held it April 26 to commemorate the surrender of Confederate troops to Union Gen. William T. Sherman. The original routine began in 1874.
In 1984, the Georgia Legislature eliminated the official reference. The law now reads (per www,georgia.gov):
(1) All days which have been designated as of January 1, 1984, as public and legal holidays by the federal government; and (2) All other days designated and proclaimed by the Governor as public and legal holidays or as days of fasting and prayer or other religious observance. In such designation the Governor shall include at least one of the following dates: January 19, April 26, or June 3, or a suitable date in lieu thereof to commemorate the event or events now observed by such dates.
The 1984 legislation dropped the names of all official state holidays from the Georgia Code. In one sense, this eliminated any state holiday known as Confederate Memorial Day, Robert E. Lee's Birthday, or Jefferson Davis' Birthday - or Thanksgiving or Christmas. Rather, Georgia observes whatever federal holidays were observed as of January 1, 1984. Additionally, the governor is charged with selecting January 19, April 26, or June 3 -- or an alternative date more suitable -- for commemorating any or all of the persons or events formerly recognized on those three dates.
So tell us: Are you flying your Confederate flag at home? Got any Confederate money? Share your thoughts on this holiday -- and whether it's appropriate to still observe it.
~ Compiled by Steve Burns