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Confederate flag effectively banned from military installations
The conversation around what the Confederate flag represents and whether it’s appropriate to fly has been put to bed in the military, at least when it comes to displays on Defense Department installations. Defense Secretary Mark Esper issued new guidance Friday for allowable flags, not explicitly banning the Confederate one, but laying out a set of criteria for allowable flags that does not include it. “Flags are powerful symbols, particularly in the military community for whom flags embody common mission, common histories, and the special, timeless bond of warriors,” he wrote in a memo, adding, “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.”
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