🌇Sunset on Fort Bragg, 🌅 Dawn for Fort Liberty – Are We Witnessing a Historic Moment in Military Name-Game?
TL;DR; 💂♀️Fort Bragg, the world’s most populated military installation, is gearing up for a monumental name change to Fort Liberty. The shift is part of a wider move to disassociate Department of Defense assets from the Confederacy. But what’s behind this mega makeover? And how much will this rebranding operation cost the tax-payers’ pockets? Let’s deep dive into this intriguing chapter of the military history!
🌗 As the sun sets on Thursday, we bid adieu to Fort Bragg and welcome the dawn of Friday with open arms for Fort Liberty. This military rebranding exercise is a part of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. Curious, isn’t it? It mandates name changes for Department of Defense installations that have ties with the Confederacy. 👋
You must be wondering, why Fort Bragg? Well, the military base is named after Braxton Bragg, a North Carolina native, an artillery officer, Confederate general, and associated with being a slave owner. It’s time to turn the page on this part of history. So, is Fort Liberty a better fit for our present and future?🤔
The official redesignation ceremony is set for 9 a.m. on Friday, so mark your calendars! 📅 The ceremony includes the casing of Fort Bragg’s garrison colors and the grand unveiling of Fort Liberty’s colors. All this pomp and pageantry can be witnessed on the Fort Bragg Paraglide Facebook page. It’s like witnessing history in the making, isn’t it? 🎊🎥
But, wait! What about the signage? Well, you guessed it! They’re all being revamped. Even the local community got a chance to contribute to this historical shift by submitting sign designs earlier this year. And the grand reveal? All set for Friday’s ceremony! You excited yet? 😮🎨
You might be scratching your head wondering about the cost of this military makeover. Replacing highway and directional signs maintained by the North Carolina Department of Transportation alone is estimated at $500,000. A pretty penny, huh? Now, who’s going to foot this bill? 🤷♀️💰
But it’s not just about the name. Fort Bragg leaders announced that nine roads on post named after Confederates will also be renamed. Even off-post roads and address changes are in the pipeline. So, this is more than just a quick touch up; it’s a full-scale renovation! 🔨
With this historic changeover, we are forced to question the role of our past in shaping our present and future. Are we doing enough to disassociate ourselves from a troubled history? Or is this just a symbolic act that only scratches the surface of a much deeper issue? 😮💭
Let us know what you think in the comments. Do you believe renaming military bases and roads is a step in the right direction towards acknowledging and rectifying past wrongs? Or is it just an expensive PR move? 🗣️🎙️
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