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Feds To Spend $62 Million To Erase Confederacy Symbols, Names

At a glance

  • The Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery should be dismantled and removed from the cemetery, according to an independent commission’s final report to Congress with suggestions for renaming military bases and assets that commemorate the Confederacy. 
  • The panel released its first section of the report in May that recommended new names for nine Army bases that commemorate Confederate officers, including Fort Bragg in North Carolina; Fort Benning and Fort Gordon in Georgia; Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Lee, and Fort Pickett in Virginia; Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Polk in Louisiana, and Fort Rucker in Alabama.
  • The final cost to rename all the recommendations would be roughly $62.4 million, according to retired Army Brig. Gen. Ty Seidule, who is the vice chairman of the commission. That amount includes changes to the Arlington Confederate Memorial, two Navy ships, nine Army bases, and more.

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