Military bases named after confederate leaders may soon honour women and people of colour instead

  • 04 Jun - 10 Jun, 2022
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A Congressional committee created to manage the removal of Confederate names from military properties has announced new names for nearly a dozen bases. The Naming Commission revealed its suggestions for renaming nine military installations in its efforts to remove the names of Confederate leaders who fought against the Union during the Civil War. Representative Adam Smith of Washington said the new names "honour and celebrate the strength and diversity of the service members" and honour "military families and the values that serve as a cornerstone of our democracy." "This list is but a first step in addressing Confederate symbolism in the US military, a process that is more than symbolic," Smith said in a statement. He added, "This process has created a new opportunity to foster a more inclusive environment for our service members by remembering and acknowledging our country's history while honouring the valour and sacrifice of our service members and their families. I look forward to seeing the Commission's final report." According to CNN, the committee's final recommendations are to be submitted to Congress by October 1.