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Manitowoc apologizes for mistreatment of flags

Posted: 12:25 PM, Jun 01, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-01 20:07:24-04
Manitowoc apologizes for mistreatment of flags
Manitowoc apologizes for mistreatment of flags
Manitowoc apologizes for mistreatment of flags
Manitowoc apologizes for mistreatment of flags
Manitowoc apologizes for mistreatment of flags

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- Manitowoc officials say city employees will be trained how to properly handle the American flag after a U.S. Army veteran complained about seeing flags piled up like "dirty laundry" after Memorial Day.

Clarence Launderville posted to Facebook on Tuesday morning a photo of American flags piled on top of each other in the back of a Public Works vehicle. He tells USA Today Network-Wisconsin  that he heard from angry citizens and apologetic officials after he posted the photo.

Mayor Justin Nickels posted to Facebook a statement from Public Infrastructure director Dan Koski in response to the photo.

The statement said a policy will be developed and employees will be trained to ensure the American flag is properly handled in the future.