I asked U.S. Rep. Scott Perry’s office about the National Park Service’s request that vendors that run its stores voluntarily remove Confederate flag-related merchandise, specifically stand-alone Confederate flags.
Perry, R-York County, represents Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District, which includes Gettysburg.
Here is Perry’s statement:
“I have strong concerns and many questions about the National Park Service (NPS) decision regarding the display of the Confederate Flag at Gettysburg National Military Park (GNMP). The Battle of Gettysburg marks a turning point in American history, and this park is a living museum of that history. One of GNMP’s most important duties is to educate our citizens about the significance of the Gettysburg Campaign, the Civil War and the bravery of all Soldiers who fought there – on both sides. At first glance, this seems like a rushed decision by NPS officials in Washington based on public and media pressure rather than a thoughtful evaluation of the Confederate Flag’s educational and historic value to park visitors. Local business owners and officials in Gettysburg are justified in wondering what other uses of the Confederate flag, such as battle re-enactments, will be called into question next. I’m in the process of setting up a discussion early next week with GNMP officials so we can gather all the facts before I comment further.”