By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Monday, April 24, 2017 is Confederate Memorial Day. State offices are closed in remembrance of the soldiers and sailors who died defending the Confederate States of America (C.S.A.) during the Civil War of 1861 to 1865.
The President of the Southern Historical Protection Group Mike Williams said in a statement, “Confederate Memorial Day is set aside in Alabama to honor the thousands of men who were called upon by their state to defend the rights held by this state. .Governor Lewis E. Parsons made a preliminary estimate of losses. Nearly all the white men served, some 122,000 he said, of whom 35,000 died in the war and another 30,000 were seriously disabled. The next year Governor Robert M. Patton estimated that 20,000 veterans had returned home permanently disabled, and there were 20,000 widows and 60,000 orphans. I am glad Alabama has chosen to continue to honor the sacrifices these brave Alabamians. I hope everyone stops and reflects on the sacrifices made and why we continue to honor them. This is a big part of Alabama History.” Mike Williams is also the past State Adjutant of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.