The Virginia Military Institute (VMI) was established in 1839 as one of the nation’s premier military colleges. It has, in fact, been called “The West Point of the South.” For more than 180 years, VMI has served as incubator of some of America’s most storied military careers. Famous alumni include men who have so well served their country in wartime: George Patton, Chesty Puller, George Marshall, and Walton Walker, among others. This week, another fine product of the institute, Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, resigned as superintendent. Peay, a respected and highly decorated four-star Army general has been in his position for 17 years. But he has apparently lost the confidence of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. (He of the famous Black-face/Klan-robe” photoshoot). One cannot help but suspect that part of the reason for Peay’s sudden ouster had to do with this decision back in July not to remove any of the school’s Confederate statues or rename any buildings. Wrote Gen. Peay then: We do not currently intend to remove any VMI statues or rename any VMI buildings. Rather, in the future we will emphasize recognition of leaders from the Institute’s second century. We will place unvarnished context on the value and lessons to be learned from the Institute’s rich heritage, while being mindful of the nation’s challenges and sensitivities to being fair and inclusive to all.