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VA strikes flags from Hot Springs display

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The confederate flags were part of a display to honor all Americans who served in the military, including the Civil War and regardless of what side they were on. The confederate flags were part of a display to honor all Americans who served in the military, including the Civil War and regardless of what side they were on.

The Veterans Administration Midwest Health Care Network director, Janet P. Murphy, ends the flap over confederate flags at the Hot Springs VA Medical Center. They will not be part of any display there.

Here is Murphy's statement on removing the flags:

"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."

The flags were originally removed from the medical center after some veteran patients complained. The flags were part of a display honoring all veterans, including those who served in the Civil War on both sides.

Steve DiStasio, VA BHHCS director, decided to return the flags to the display, explaining that "Out of respect for all of our nation's veterans, from every battle in history, we will maintain the historic Freedom Shrine in its entirety."

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