The Pentagon issued a new rule on Friday that effectively bans Confederate flags from all military installations. The new rule avoids an explicit ban of the Confederate banner by not including it on the list of authorized flags that are allowed to be displayed.
The memo, signed by Defense Secretary Mark Esper says, “Flags are powerful symbols, particularly in the military community for whom flags embody common mission, common histories, and the special, timeless bond of warriors.”
The list of authorized flags on military installations includes the American flag, military service flags, flags of U.S. states and territories, and the POW/MIA flag.
This new rule is designed to apply to the entire military to avoid controversy and legal challenges as it doesn’t specifically target the confederate flag or other flags.
The memo continued saying, “The flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting divisive symbols.”
The Confederate flag will still be seen in museum displays, educational and historical displays, and art.
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