Confederate Memorial Day will soon take place for a number of states in the southern U.S. The holiday takes place to honor those who died fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War.
Below are five quick facts about Confederate Memorial Day:
Nine states celebrate some form of the holiday
Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia all have a holiday to honor Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War.
Confederate Memorial Day is a holiday of many names and many dates
When the observance happens and what the holiday is called varies among the nine states. Below is a list detailing when each state has its holiday and what the holiday is officially named:
Georgia -- April 26 -- Confederate Memorial Day
Mississippi -- last Monday of April (April 27 in 2015) -- Confederate Memorial Day
Alabama -- fourth Monday in April (April 27 in 2015) -- Confederate Memorial Day
North Carolina -- May 10 -- Confederate Memorial Day
South Carolina -- May 10 -- Confederate Memorial Day
Virginia -- last Monday in May (May 25 in 2015) -- Confederate Memorial Day
Louisiana -- June 3 -- Confederate Decoration Day
Tennessee -- June 3 -- Confederate Decoration Day
Texas -- Jan. 19 -- Confederate Heroes Day
Confederate Memorial Day might have been the inspiration for Memorial Day
The Ladies Memorial Association of Columbus, Georgia, decided in 1886 to commemorate the Confederate dead once a year, which inspired Memorial Day creator John Logan to do the same, according to History.com.
People will get the day off work for the holiday
Georgia's Confederate Memorial Day, April 26, is the fastest-approaching holiday. Georgia state offices will be closed on Monday in observance of the holiday, according to the state calendar. State offices in Mississippi and Alabama will be closed Monday as well.
There are other Confederate holidays
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Virginia all celebrate Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's birthday. The holidays aren't necessarily celebrated by most people however.
“I wasn’t even aware there was a Robert E. Lee holiday. That’s funny,” said state Sen. Emanuel Jones to the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2012. “Is it time to move past it? I think we already have. I don’t know of anyone who celebrates Robert E. Lee’s birthday.”