(Task & Purpose) After years of hearings, debates and commissions, the Department of Defense has started working to rename several ships and Army bases, plus numerous pieces of smaller infrastructure honoring people tied to the Confederate States of America. The Pentagon confirmed on Thursday, Jan. 5 that work had started.
The work began this past week at Arlington National Cemetery, according to Military.com. A Confederate memorial — which shows Southern troops marching to war while slaves follow along — was disassembled. It had stood there for more than a century.
“Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment William LaPlante, today directed all DOD organizations to begin full implementation of the Commission on the Naming of Items of the Department of Defense, a.k.a. the Naming Commission and those recommendations,” Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told reporters on Thursday. The work starts after the conclusion of a Congressionally mandated 90-day waiting period, which expired mid-December. …Work begins to rename military ships, installations named for Confederates