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LETTER: Should we take down Old Glory, too?

To the Editor:

How interesting that Rep. Noem would ban forever the Confederate flag from the VA hospital -- and all of South Dakota for that matter.

In 1958, Congress passed a law stating that Confederate soldiers and sailors were to be honored as U.S. military veterans, to include a VA-provided headstone (Public Law 85-425). Further, I suppose if a couple of Lakota or Arapahoe veterans were to complain of the atrocities committed under Old Glory, Rep. Noem would be willing to take IT down, too? If I recall, from 1776 until 1865 (13th Amendment) slavery was a legal institution of the United States of America. The Confederacy lasted only five years. Which is the symbol of slavery for the longer time?