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The sun will set on Fort Bragg on Thursday and rise on Fort Liberty on Friday.
The world’s most populated military installation will redesignate to Fort Liberty at the end of the week, following a sunset march Thursday.
The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act mandated the name changes of Department of Defense assets that commemorate the Confederacy.
Fort Bragg is currently named after North Carolina native Braxton Bragg, an artillery officer who fought in the Mexican-American War, was a Confederate general in the Civil War and was associated with being a slave owner.
Here’s the latest on what we know.
When is the redesignation?
A ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Friday to rename Fort Bragg to Fort Liberty.
The ceremony will include the casing of Fort Bragg’s garrison colors and uncasing of Fort Liberty’s colors, according to a media advisory.
The event will be live-streamed on the Fort Bragg Paraglide Facebook page.
When will signs be changed?
The Paraglide Facebook page, which is an information page for the installation, put out a call in March asking community members to submit designs for a new sign by April 21.
The sign is expected to be revealed during Friday’s redesignation ceremony.
On Monday, a tarp covered a structure near the All American gate and Fort Bragg Visitors Center that appeared to be the size of signs at other military installations.
The wooden sign after entering the All American Gate has been removed as has the sign on N.C. 24 toward Spring Lake.
In early May, garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Seymour Tweeted a photo of one of the Fort Bragg signs being removed.
As of Friday, the wooden sign near Stryker Golf Course appeared to be the few remaining signs on post but was covered by Tuesday.
When will Department of Transportation signs change?
As of April, the cost to replace overhead highway and directional signs maintained by the North Carolina Department of Transportation was estimated at $500,000, said Andrew Barksdale, a spokesman of the state Department of Transportation.
Barksdale said highway officials will proceed with a contract to make the changes after Friday’s ceremony.
Directional signs in the region along Interstates 95 and 295 should be replaced by the end of the year, he said.
During a March media round table, Fort Bragg leaders said nine roads on post named after Confederates would also be renamed.
Mosby Street was renamed Shachnow Lane last year after Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow, the only general officer in the Army to have survived the Holocaust and who served in Special Forces for more than 30 years.
Signs on post for Reilly Road also changed this year to Merrit Avenue after Kenneth “Rock” Merritt was a World War II and Vietnam veteran who jumped into Normandy on D-Day June 6, 1944, and served during Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. Merritt served as the 18th Airborne Corps’ top senior enlisted adviser twice.
Off-post roads and address changes
Officials have previously said that changing roads off post, such as Reilly Road and Bragg Boulevard, would require a Cumberland County stakeholder process for address and 911 purposes.
The matter has not appeared on Cumberland County Commissioners’ agendas as a discussion item to date.
According to the site, officials are working with the U.S. Postal Service, which will “indefinitely recognize both new and old addresses.”