Manitowoc apologizes for mistreatment of flags

Posted at 12:25 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 20:07:24-04

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.