Remembrance of Confederate soldiers

Eleven Southern states will observe Monday, April 26, 2021 as Confederate Memorial Day.  In some of those states, the observance is called “Confederate Heroes Day” or “Confederate Decoration Day“.

The legislature in the State of Florida enacted the cultural holiday to be observed on the fourth Monday in April each year, as did Alabama and Georgia. Mississippi designates the “last Monday in April” to honor these distinguished American veterans who died in military service.  So, it usually falls on the same day in all four states.

Several St Johns County residents whose ancestors fought in the American Civil War (April 12, 1861 – April 9, 1865) tell Historic City News that they will enjoy the Monday Holiday by getting outdoors with their families and basking in our seasonally enjoyable weather.

Ladies Memorial Association of St Augustine is encouraging descendants of the forty-six front-line soldiers whose bodies were never returned to their families in St Johns County for a Christian burial, to visit the 1879 cenotaph that stood peacefully in the Plaza de la Constitution for over 140-years, and memorializes their names.

The remaining Southern states observe the holiday as follows:

(TX) January 19, (NC) May 10, (SC) May 10, (VA) May 30, (KY) June 3, (LA) June 3 and (TN) June 3.