This story out of Hot Springs, South Dakota is truly bizarre and sad. Recently a couple of African Americans veterans, who were being treated for PTSD at a VA Hospital, complained about a display that included Confederate flags. Yeah, this is in South Dakota of all places. At the time the flags were removed and then later placed back in the display. Today the hospital decided to remove the flags once again.
To ensure the Hot Springs VA Medical Center is a place of healing for all Veterans, the Confederate flags will be removed from the Freedom Shrine display, located in the rotunda of the main building. This action is consistent with continued accomplishment of the medical center’s core mission, which is to provide quality health care services to Veterans. We thank everyone for their interest and concern for our Veterans and apologize to anyone offended by the display.
Again, why there are Confederate flags in a VA Hospital in South Dakota is anyone’s guess. First, shame on the VA staff for returning the flags once these men complained. As might be expected the Confederate heritage whackos are out in full force complaining about another heritage violation. These people have absolutely no class, patriotism, and they lack sympathy. These are men who served their country and are currently being treated for wounds sustained in the line of duty. If removing those flags from a display helps to ease their pain, than so be it. Is that really too much to ask given their service and sacrifice for this nation?
What I want to see is these cowards – most of whom have probably never served a day in the U.S. military – address these veterans in person and explain why those flags should be returned. Or you could just take the time and thank these men for their service to this country. This is the true face of the Southern/Confederate Heritage crowd. These people make me sick.
You can read the comments on these pages for yourself as well as on webpages of local news outlets that are covering this story. Just know that your freedom to express such intolerance and hatred is made possible by the men and women treated at this VA Hospital.