West Point is displaying a Ku Klux Klan plaque at entrance to Science building, Congressional Naming Commission finds

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The commission, created by Congress to make recommendations to the Department of Defense about renaming southern markings on U.S. military installations, released its second of three final reports to Congress on Monday.

The report focused on southern markings at both West Point in New York and the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

The commission said the plaque is “beyond its jurisdiction” because the commission is solely charged with identifying and making recommendations about new names for Confederate markings on military installations.

The Ku Klux Klan was founded by Confederate veterans after the Civil War. The group is still active and is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The commission urged the defense secretary “to address DoD assets that highlight the KKK” and “create a standard disposition requirement for such assets,” the report states.

“The marking is outside the remit of the Commission, but there are clear links between the KKK and the Confederation,” the report said.

The U.S. Military Academy’s public affairs office said they received the naming commission’s report and “de” recommendations,” in a statement to CNN.

“We are reviewing the recommendations and will work with the Department of the Military to implement changes once approved,” the US Military Academy’s public affairs office said in a statement. “West Point’s mission is to develop leaders of character who internalize the values ​​of the military, the ideals of duty, honor, country and the ethics of the military. As a values-based institution, we are fully committed to creating a climate where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.”

Renaming bases with Confederate monikers has been a process of years. It first became a political issue in the final months of the Trump administration, when then-President Donald Trump rejected the idea, accusing others of “wanting to throw those names away.”

The commission was created in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021, which Trump vetoed. In the waning days of his administration, Congress passed its first and only veto override during his tenure, passing the legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Outside of the KKK plaque, the commission identified 12 assets with Confederate naming associations that should be renamed at West Point and three assets at the US Naval Academy.

CNN’s Meron Gerbi-Moges contributed to this report.

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