City of Gettysburg, South Dakota, will keep Confederate flag on patches

The Potter County city of Gettysburg will not be removing the Confederate Flag from patches of the police department.

The Mayor, Chief of Police and City Council addressed the situation amid tension nationwide and removal of the flag at the South Carolina Statehouse.

The following was posted Monday on the South Dakota city's Facebook page:

"Due to the turmoil of the Confederate Flag, the City of Gettysburg would like to address the City Officer's Police patch. Gettysburg was founded in 1883 by Civil War Veterans, many of whom are still buried here. In fact the Dakota Sunset Museum has a cannon replica of the cannons that the Confederate army used at the battle, on loan to us from Gettysburg, PA. The patch was created in 2009 in honor of our founding fathers by Scot Barsdale, who resides in South Carolina, after learning the history of Gettysburg from then Chief of Police, Gayle Kludt. Scot has created many patches for police agencies all over the United States. The City of Gettysburg's police patch has the American Flag and the Confederate flag overlapping, which was meant to symbolize unification, and a cannon to represent the battle that the City of Gettysburg is named after. This patch has no racist intentions; it is meant to be another way that we, as a city, represent our heritage. Without the war, and without the Battle of Gettysburg, we would not be the same City that we are. The Chief of Police, Bill Wainman, the Mayor, Bill Wuttke, and the City Council have no intentions of changing the police patch."