Confederate Flag Removed at South Dakota VA Hospital

Posted at: 04/18/2013 10:14 AM
Updated at: 04/18/2013 5:08 PM

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) - Officials at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Hot Springs have removed two Confederate flag from historical displays after some patients complained.

VA Black Hills Health Care System Director Steve DiStasio plans to meet the veterans next week to talk about the matter, the Rapid City Journal reported Thursday.

"What we realize here is that there are people who have strong opinions on both sides of the issue," DiStasio said.

One full-size flag had been a part of a Shrine to Democracy display for decades. Several veterans who are in the Hot Springs center for treatment came to VA officials Tuesday demanding that the flag be taken down.

A second, smaller Confederate flag featured in another display also was removed.

DiStasio said that understands the flags might be offensive to some despite their historical significance. He said there's no time frame for making a decision on whether to permanently remove the flags.

Information from: Rapid City Journal

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