- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Officials at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center have called for the removal of the Confederate flag from a mural inside the facility’s cafeteria.

The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1TBgoA2 ) that the two-year-old mural is a depiction of American military history, featuring the American Revolution to the war in Iraq.

Medical center spokesman Paul Sweeney says the upper reaches of the Department of Veterans Affairs have asked that the Confederate flag shown behind an image of a Union soldier and a Confederate rebel be removed.

A banner will hide the Confederate flag until the artist of the mural is able to remove it.

The 72-year-old artist, Lee Bowerman, says he reluctantly agreed to get rid of the image.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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