Local officials in Maryland responded to community outrage after a POW/MIA flag was taken down Monday and a pride flag was put in its place.
The Montgomery County Vietnam Veterans Memorial was flying the POW/MIA flag again Tuesday following a public outcry, NBC Washington reported.
The black-and-white flag honoring missing and captured soldiers had been taken down on Monday. A rainbow flag, meant to celebrate LGBT Pride Month, aka June, had been raised in its place.
“I wasn’t happy about it at all because the park is supposed to be a veterans park,” Vietnam veteran John “Bill” Williams told NBC Washington. “People died. Now they took it down and put another flag up.”
“If they want to put the other flag underneath, they could put it underneath, but the POW flag should be flying there,” Williams added.
Evan Glass, an LGBT member of the Montgomery County Council, said Monday that the POW/MIA flag was taken down because the “flag post was only able to accommodate one flag.”
“When we learned of that, we are quickly, the county government, is quickly changing it,” Glass said. “So we’re adding more ringlets so that by tomorrow morning both flags will be raised.”
County Executive Mark Elrich told NBC Washington on Tuesday that both the POW/MIA flag and the LGBT pride flag were back up. The pride flag will fly for the remainder of June.
In a statement posted Tuesday to its official Twitter account, Montgomery County denied that the POW/MIA flag had been replaced.
“The Pride flag did not replace the POW/MIA flag. The Pride flag was raised without a mechanism in place for both flags to be displayed. This has been corrected. The Pride flag was raised to honor Pride Month and will be replaced by the County flag on 7/1,” the statement read.
A rainbow pride flag controversy
Some commenters on social media were skeptical of Montgomery County’s claim that the lowering of the POW/MIA flag had been an oversight.
Not ah oversight it was deliberate and they weren’t expecting backlash
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