FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) Concerns were raised this morning by some upset over a rainbow flag displayed outside the VA hospital in Fort Wayne.
But it’s not necessarily about the flag itself, apparently. WOWO News received word from several people that the flag, placed on a pole outside the hospital in honor of “Pride Month,” replaced service flags representing each branch of the Armed Forces.
But we also received conflicting reports from employees of the hospital… some said that was the truth, others said the flagpoles in that part of the campus are always empty, except for special occasions.
WOWO News made several efforts to request a comment from the VA, but we received no response. Fort Wayne’s NBC, however, did, with confirmation that flags dedicated to the Armed Services were in fact removed:
“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.”
WOWO News got word this afternoon that the Armed Service flags were being reinstalled.