In 1971, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and established that Memorial Day
was to be commemorated on the last Monday of May.
Several southern states, however, officially commemorate an additional,
separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead, sometimes referred to as a Confederate Memorial Day:
January 19 in Texas; third Monday in Jan. in Arkansas; fourth Monday in Apr. in Alabama and Mississippi;
April 26 in Florida and Georgia; May 10 in North and South Carolina; last Monday in May in Virginia; and June 3 in Louisiana and Tennessee.