Lawmakers push to remove Confederate symbols from military bases

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Some members of Congress are proposing legislation that would require the renaming of all symbols of the Confederacy inside American military bases throughout the country. 

The move comes after lawmakers asked the Army to rename two streets inside Fort Hamilton named after Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Stonewall Jackson.

On Tuesday, elected officials and residents rallied in Bay Ridge as a show of unity against what they say are symbols of bigotry and hate. 

It comes less than a week after a plaque commemorating Lee was removed from a church just down the street and during a time of heightened scrutiny of Confederate symbols after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Some veterans who spoke to News 12 said the markers and streets should be left alone since they are a part of history. 

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