For the first time in history, the United States Marine Corps banned the Confederate flag in public and workplaces at its military bases – 155 years after the Confederate States of America surrendered to Union forces.
“The Confederate battle flag has been used too often by violent extremist and racist groups whose shared beliefs have no place in our corps,” the military department said.
“Our history as a nation and events such as the 2017 Charlottesville violence underscore disagreements, and the symbolism of the Confederate battle flag is not acceptable,” corps officials said.
The directive includes a ban on not only hanging the flag itself, but also use on souvenirs – the image on stickers for vehicles, on clothes and coffee mugs. Marine Corps General David Berger (David Berger) first announced the ban in April, now the order has officially entered into force.