Alabama celebrates confederate memorial day (video)

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Montgomery, Alabama – April 27, 2009

Confederate flags were waving today in Montgomery, Alabama as confederate Memorial Day was marked.

About 120 people gathered to remember those who lost their lives in the civil war. Women and men had on period dress, cannons and guns were fired into the air and those attending the ceremony on the steps of the state capitol sang “Dixie”.

Confederate Memorial Day, also known as Confederate Decoration Day (Tennessee) and Confederate Heroes Day (Texas), is an official holiday and/or observance day in parts of the U.S. South as a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War.

The only states that officially observe Confederate Memorial Day are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas.