Mississippi Congressional Delegation Calls on VA to Remove “Pride” Flag at Biloxi National Cemetery

June 5, 2023

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., and U.S. Representatives Trent Kelly, R-Miss., Michael Guest, R-Miss., and Mike Ezell, R-Miss., today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis R. McDonough calling for the removal of an LGBT “Pride” flag that is now flying at the entrance of the Biloxi National Cemetery on a pole normally reserved for a U.S. flag.

In their letter to McDonough, the Mississippi members push back on recent comments from the VA defending the decision.

“Replacing the United States flag with a flag that promotes a particular sexual or gender identity goes against the very mission of our national cemeteries. These sites were established to be a shrine ‘sacred to the honor and memory of those interred or memorialized there.’ Cemeteries should be places for reflection and respect, not public virtue signaling,” the legislators wrote.

The legislators call on McDonough to take immediate action to reinstate the U.S. flag and remember the VA’s core mission.

“This political stunt is yet another example of this Administration’s willingness to promote its political agenda rather than focus on its mission as the executive branch. Our veterans expect the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide services, not promote controversial ideologies,” the legislators wrote.

See the legislators’ full letter to Secretary McDonough here.