- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw says a mistake led to small U.S. flags being thrown away along with dying flowers and trash at a cemetery.

Matt Reitter tells WNEM-TV (http://bit.ly/28VMycG ) that he visited his parents’ gravesite Thursday at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Saginaw and says it’s “disappointing” that flags were treated in a way that’s disrespectful. Flags earlier had been placed at veterans’ graves.

In a statement, the Diocese of Saginaw says it’s “extremely distressed and deeply sorry for the disgraceful treatment” of the flags. The diocese says it’s “taking immediate steps so that such actions will never be repeated.”

Veterans’ organizations say they’re available to ceremoniously retire old U.S. flags by burning them, which is the proper way to dispose of them.

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Information from: WNEM-TV, http://www.wnem.com

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