[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There is at least one town whose leaders are standing up to the PC police and their demands to strike the Confederate battle flag from history and banish it from American society. That town is Gettysburg. No, not Virginia. Gettysburg, South Dakota.
You probably didn’t know there was a Gettysburg in South Dakota, right? I admit, I didn’t. But, their history is intertwined with the Civil War and it is pretty apparent when you simply look at their police badges.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Emblazoned on the police badges of Gettysburg, South Dakota is not only the name of their town in bold letters, but also an American flag and a Confederate battle flag intertwined together. Back in 1883, over 200 Civil War veterans founded the town. So, their history is not only steeped in the Civil War, the town would not exist were it not for that event.
These veterans who came together to found the town were comprised of individuals who fought for the Union as well as others who fought for the Confederacy. The mere existence of the town is a beautiful reminder of people with opposing views coming together to start a new life, but not forgetting where they came from.
The city’s deputy city finance officer Corey Wannamaker, who also happens to be the town’s museum worker, said in her research she discovered that although the men who founded the town fought for opposing sides in the Civil War, they respected each other as soldiers and simply wanted to start a new life unified together.
Wannamaker said, “It was called the soldiers’ colony or the soldiers’ home and it was mostly just to attract other veterans to come out. Because it was founded by soldiers, that would make other soldiers comfortable to come out here.”
Police Chief Bill Wainman, who is one of two police officers who wear the patch said,“It’s was never intended to be a symbol of racism and isn’t today.” But, that isn’t good enough for Marine veteran Lynn Hart, a businessman who is not even among the 1,200 residents of the town.
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][wpdevart_like_box profile_id=”335331839998647″ stream=”0″ border_color=”#dd9933″ show_border=”no” theme_color=”light” connections=”100″ width=”525″ height=”225″ header=”0″ locale=”en_US”][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Though Hart, who is half black and half Native American, had visited Gettysburg in the past, he never noticed the patch. It was only after it was brought to his attention by a friend that Hart was livid. He said that he found the patches offensive and added that if a black family passed through the town, they would feel terrorized.
He shared, “It’s embarrassing. It’s just common sense. Why don’t they replace it with the South Dakota flag or the Union flag. We’re Yankees up here, not rebels. “I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed,” Hart continued, “South Dakota doesn’t need that stuff in our state.”
Hart does not believe that taxpayer dollars should be used to pay for the patches for the two-person police force. He wrote a letter to Governor Dennis Daugaard complaining about the patches and received a response that the governor’s office had no authority in the matter as it was a local issue. To this, Hart said the response was b.s.
Chief Wainman said after Hart’s complaints, he did bring up the possibility of doing away with the patches before the city council. There was unanimous support in keeping them.
The two-person police department has worn the patch since 2009. It was designed by a man from South Carolina to reflect the history of Gettysburg, South Dakota. The American and Confederate battle flags are intertwined with a Civil War era cannon replica to showcase the history of the town and its founding.
h/t Daily Caller
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