Happy Confederate Memorial Day!

People not from the South think it's a place on the map vaguely below Washington, DC. To Southerners the South is not a location but a way of life. For a select few it's a way of life that goes back to the Civil War and every year they celebrate Confederate Memorial Day at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, SC. This year a good size crowd gathered to place the rebel flag on tombs and sing Dixie. 

A descendant of Civil War soldiers holds the American flag at a ceremony marking Confederate Memorial Day at Magnolia Cemetery April 10, 2014 in Charleston, SC. Confederate Memorial Day honors the approximately 258,000 Confederate soldiers that died in the American Civil War. 

Confederate flags decorate the tombstones of Civil War soldiers during a ceremony marking Confederate Memorial Day at Magnolia Cemetery April 10, 2014 in Charleston, SC. Confederate Memorial Day honors the approximately 258,000 Confederate soldiers that died in the American Civil War. 

Confederate flags decorate the tombstones of Civil War soldiers during a ceremony marking Confederate Memorial Day at Magnolia Cemetery April 10, 2014 in Charleston, SC. Confederate Memorial Day honors the approximately 258,000 Confederate soldiers that died in the American Civil War. 

Civil War re-enactors stand at during Confederate Memorial Day events at Magnolia Cemetery April 10, 2014 in Charleston, SC. Confederate Memorial Day honors the approximately 258,000 Confederate soldiers that died in the American Civil War. 

Re-enactors dressed in Civil War era hoop skirts stand at during Confederate Memorial Day events at Magnolia Cemetery April 10, 2014 in Charleston, SC. Confederate Memorial Day honors the approximately 258,000 Confederate soldiers that died in the American Civil War. 

A young girl stands among Confederate flags decorating tombs of soldiers killed in the American Civil War during Confederate Memorial Day events at Magnolia Cemetery April 10, 2014 in Charleston, SC. Confederate Memorial Day honors the approximately 258,000 Confederate soldiers that died in the American Civil War. 

A descendant of Civil War soldiers sings "Dixie" during a ceremony marking Confederate Memorial Day at Magnolia Cemetery April 10, 2014 in Charleston, SC. Confederate Memorial Day honors the approximately 258,000 Confederate soldiers that died in the American Civil War. 

Civil War re-enactors fire their rifles during Confederate Memorial Day events at Magnolia Cemetery April 10, 2014 in Charleston, SC. Confederate Memorial Day honors the approximately 258,000 Confederate soldiers that died in the American Civil War. 

A Civil War re-enactor stands for a moment of silence during Confederate Memorial Day events at Magnolia Cemetery April 10, 2014 in Charleston, SC. Confederate Memorial Day honors the approximately 258,000 Confederate soldiers that died in the American Civil War. 

Civil War re-enactors fire a canon salute during Confederate Memorial Day events at Magnolia Cemetery April 10, 2014 in Charleston, SC. Confederate Memorial Day honors the approximately 258,000 Confederate soldiers that died in the American Civil War. 

A Civil War re-enactor collects flags from grave sites following a ceremony marking Confederate Memorial Day at Magnolia Cemetery April 10, 2014 in Charleston, SC. Confederate Memorial Day honors the approximately 258,000 Confederate soldiers that died in the American Civil War. 

President General of the United Daughters of the Confederacy June Murray Wells and Director of the Confederate Museum during Confederate Memorial Day at Magnolia Cemetery April 10, 2014 in Charleston, SC. Wells traces here heritage back 345 years to the first settlers in Charleston.