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State offices closed Monday, April 30 for Confederate Memorial Day

Monday, April 30, is Confederate Memorial Day in MS. Source: WLBT Monday, April 30, is Confederate Memorial Day in MS. Source: WLBT
Monday, April 30, is Confederate Memorial Day in MS. Source: WLBT Monday, April 30, is Confederate Memorial Day in MS. Source: WLBT
Monday, April 30, is Confederate Memorial Day in MS. Source: WLBT Monday, April 30, is Confederate Memorial Day in MS. Source: WLBT
Monday, April 30, is Confederate Memorial Day in MS. Source: WLBT Monday, April 30, is Confederate Memorial Day in MS. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Various southern state's continue to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day, with Mississippi and Georgia honoring the holiday on the last Monday in April.

The Confederate anniversary is meant to honor those who died in the Civil War while fighting for the southern states that tried to secede, and it gives state employees the day off.

"I believe that all history is important regardless of how bad or how damaging it has been," Debbie Huff of Rankin County said. "The only way we can move forward and progress into the future is to learn from our mistakes we've made in our past."

Just as questions have come up on topics like changing our state flag and the removal of Confederate moments, many are questioning if this is a holiday that states should observe.

"It's not right to continue celebrating it," Kayla Price of Jackson said. "It's okay to remember that it's part of our history because it is. You need to remember history in order to know where you come from, but you don't have to celebrate it and you don't have to stay there."

Jackson resident Henderson Craig shared a few of his thoughts on celebrating the day as well.

"What does the confederate day represent? It doesn't represent nothing, here, Today," Craig said. "It don't give no kind of benefits for nobody. That's an old day, that's behind us now. We don't need to celebrate that."

Georgia removed the Confederate reference in 2015, simply slating the day for themselves as a "State Holiday."

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