The Des Moines VA Medical Center confirmed it is flying the Pride flag for June. The Iowa Standard reached out to the facility to get clarification on the flag along with where it is flying and whether or not it displaced an American flag.
According to Dan Kuester, the Public Affairs Officer, and Kurth Thielen, the director, guidance was issued from the Department of Veterans Affairs requesting facilities fly the Pride flag for June. The decision was made to follow the guidance.
The Pride flag is flying on the back of the building, not at the main entrance. And the U.S. flag is still flying where it has for 89 years they said at the main entrance.
However, the American flag is the only flag that has ever flown on the flag pole where the Pride flag is currently flying. But it was flown on that flag pole “infrequently,” according to VA officials.
The flag pole where the Pride flag is flying is considered an “extra” flag pole, and since it was just an extra flag pole, the local facility decided to hang the Pride flag following the guidance.
We asked if the VA had anything commemorating D-Day on display on Tuesday. The answer was no.
According to Thielen and Kuester, they have received concerns not about the Pride flag flying necessarily, but that it displaced the American flag. The American flag has not, and will not, be displaced, they said.
Although again, the American flag is the only flag that has ever flown on that particular pole where the Pride flag currently resides.
We asked if the Pride Flag is the only flag flying on that side of the building. According to Kuester and Thielen, it is.
State Rep. Steve Holt said he is “livid” about the situation. Holt said it is coming from the “Biden Woke Administration.” He said no flag should be installed in a VA other than the Stars and Stripes and POW-MIA flags.
“There shouldn’t be any agenda-driven flags period, whether it be a Pride flag or anything else,” he said.