Wyoming Delegation Speaks Out Against Plan To Remove Bells
Defense Secretary James Mattis has started the process of transferring the bells from F.E. Warren after telling Congress doing so would be good for national security. On September 28, 1901, the Bells were used by Filipino insurgents to signal an attack on American troops at Balangiga in the Philipines during the Philippine-American War.
The attack took the lives of 48 American soldiers.
The bells were taken to what was then Fort D.A. Russell, which later became F.E. Warren Air Force. Many U.S. veterans groups oppose returning the bells to the Philipines. Many Filipinos, however, regard the bells as a patriotic symbol of their history and want them returned.
The congressional delegation, which includes congresswoman Liz Cheney and Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, issued a joint statement on Monday: