These states are observing Confederate Memorial Day this month

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  • State government offices are closed Monday in Mississippi and Alabama for Confederate Memorial Day
  • In Georgia the day was changed in 2015 to the generic name of "State Holiday"

(CNN)It's been nearly 153 years since the Confederate Army surrendered to Union forces, ending the American Civil War.

Some Southern states still commemorate those who died fighting for secession from the United States over slavery and states' rights.
State government offices were closed April 23 in Alabama for Confederate Memorial Day. In neighboring Mississippi they will be closed April 30, when that state observes the holiday.
In Georgia the day has been called "State Holiday" since 2015, when Confederate Memorial Day and Robert E. Lee's birthday were struck from the state calendar. The state holiday list says the official holiday is April 26, but this year it was observed April 23.