Posted 12 months ago
By John Axtell
Two Confederate flags are flying again at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs. The flags were removed from historical displays at the hospital last week after some patients receiving treatment there complained that the flags represented racism.
VA Black Hills Health System Director Steve DiStasio told the Rapid City Journal that the flags were returned to the displays Tuesday as “a reflection of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for America,” pointing out that the original purpose of the Hot Springs facility was to care for Civil War veterans.
Desert Storm veteran Craig DeMouchette says he understands the historical value of the flags but still objects to their display in a government building…saying they belong in a museum.
U-S Senator Tim Johnson agrees with DeMouchette and says he thinks the Confederate flags should be removed. Johnson, whose eldest son Brooks served with the Army in Iraq, also says he’s disappointed the flags were placed back in the 8-flag historical display.