- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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.

“I am appalled by this display of lack of respect to the flags that were just days before being flown across the city of Manitowoc in honor of those who sacrificed all for the ideals and beliefs that these very flags stand for,” he wrote in the post.

After posting the photo, Launderville heard from angry citizens and apologetic officials about the neglectful treatment of the flags, he told USA Today Network-Wisconsin (https://htrne.ws/1Uh0fzm ).

“I feel my response was completely and utterly justified. It was just really upsetting,” he said. “(Memorial Day) isn’t just an excuse to go out and grill. People died and are continuing to die for the rights we have.”

In response to the photo, Mayor Justin Nickels posted to Facebook a statement from Public Infrastructure director Dan Koski, who said a policy will be developed and employees will be trained to ensure the American flag is properly handled in the future.

“This will not happen again. We are handling the situation as far as the employees responsible for (Tuesday’s) breach of etiquette and they will be reprimanded appropriately,” he said. “On behalf of the City of Manitowoc, please accept our apologies. In no way was the act intentional, nor was it meant to convey any sort of disrespect for the flag of our great country.”

Launderville said the “swift and justified response” from city officials, including the mayor, “was more than satisfying.”


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