State offices in South Carolina were closed Tuesday to observe Confederate Memorial Day, an official state holiday honored every year on May 10. The commemoration of the Confederacy-linked day of remembrance drew considerable criticism on social media, including comments from a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the state, Joe Cunningham. “Today, state offices are closed to observe Confederate Memorial Day. This is another example of how our state continues to live in the past. Honestly, it’s embarrassing,” he tweeted Tuesday. “When I’m governor, we’re going to end Confederate Memorial Day and make Election Day a state holiday instead.” South Carolina is one of three Southern states that still have an annual Confederate Memorial Day, despite some pushback and even challenges from lawmakers aimed at erasing the observances. Those challenges against the holidays in all three states have so far been unsuccessful. Alabama’s official holiday schedule for 2022 shows that the state observed Confederate Memorial Day late last month, on April 25. The exact date may vary by the year because Alabama chooses to commemorate the day on the fourth Monday in April. On the day, state offices and courts are closed, while schools, but city and county offices and federal services… Read full this story
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