Community members are asking questions after Fort Wayne’s VA Hospital removed military flags to fly a LGBT flag in its place.
One resident in particular said she noticed the difference when she visited the hospital Tuesday morning, June 12, when she saw the usual military flags were all removed and replaced with a pride flag one the northernmost pole in honor of LGBT pride month.
VA Public Affairs Officer responded to the situation with a statement saying they are flying the flag to honor LGBT veterans.
He said due to the limitations in the number of poles outside the VA, the Service Flags were temporarily lowered. He said rather than take one flag down completely, they decided to lower all flags to be equal.
His full statement is as follows:
"We are aware of concerns voiced by some of our employees and Veterans about the Service Flags removed outside of the Fort Wayne campus. As we are committed to serving all Veterans and June is LGBT awareness month, we are flying the flag that represents and honors these Veterans as a display of solidarity and respect for their service.
We all serve this nation.
Due to limitations in the number of flag poles outside our VA, the Service Flags were lowered temporarily. Rather than take one flag down temporarily, it was determined to lower all the flags so as to be equal. The one flag will fly for the day until 5 p.m. and signify that we treat all our Veterans equally. We greatly appreciate our Veterans’ and employees’ passion and loyalty for their individual services.
Today, we honor our LGBT Veterans and their service."