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Service marks Confederate Memorial Day

Members of the 11th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry fire their muskets after playing taps at the end of the Confederate Memorial Day service at the Beaufort National Cemetery on Monday evening. Several government offices were closed Monday in observation of the day.
Members of the 11th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry fire their muskets after playing taps at the end of the Confederate Memorial Day service at the Beaufort National Cemetery on Monday evening. Several government offices were closed Monday in observation of the day. JONATHAN DYER | The Beaufort Gazette

The state of South Carolina on Monday recognized Confederate Memorial Day, a holiday adopted in 2000 as part of a deal establishing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday.

The memorial day dates back to 1894, when the United Daughters of the Confederacy began honoring the war dead on May 10, the anniversary of Stonewall Jackson’s death.

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