Renaming of military bases sparks controversy between residents

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Fort Rucker, Ala. (WDHN) — The National Defense Authorization Act is in its final stages to rename 10 Army bases that honor Confederate generals.

After the recent killing of George Floyd back in May, that created a whirl of protests that sparked nationwide, forcing Congress to take a deeper look in racial references like confederate flags and military bases that honor those confederate generals.

The Fort Rucker military base is one of them and many Fort Rucker residents believe this isn’t a good idea.

“I think they should keep Fort Rucker’s name the same I think they should keep the name for history.” Valerie Wolford, resident said.

The National Defense Authorization Act will be a proposal to rename ten army bases.

While some want to keep the history, another resident believes the history behind these racial refrences is the problem.

“It shouldn’t just be based on you know whites and I hate to say that but you know that’s what it is based on and a lot of people were offended by the naming of the bases so it does need to get changed.” Heather Tellos, Enterprise resident said.

Tello feels the names don’t represent all people, stripping the history of it.

While residents are torn at the thought of this proposal, one resident wants to just keep the peace between the community and nation.

President Donald Trump will have the final say. Capitol Hill is negotiating the final bill to be sent and signed by the president. WDHN will keep you updated on that.

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