An overwhelming majority of Americans say they don’t want the Army to rename facilities honoring Confederate generals, a new online survey shows.
According to Stars and Stripes, 88 percent of 21,504 online responses voted in favor of keeping the names.
The question elicited more than 1,300 comments, Stars and Stripes reports.
“As a U.S. Army veteran, I believe that these military bases have been in operation for decades and are well-known to active and veteran military personnel,” one survey taker identified as Harry Bolton writes.
“Since we are such a small portion of the population, we should make the call. I also believe that the men, for whom these bases have been named, served with honor and many served both the U.S. during earlier wars and then the Confederate states during the civil war. They deserve to be honored and these bases should remain as they are.”
The issue of naming posts after those who fought under the Confederate flag has emerged in the wake of the racially motivated slayings of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17.