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City employees in Manitowoc to be trained on how to handle the flag after incident after Memorial Day

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MANITOWOC — 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, May 31st 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 (http://htrne.ws/1Uh0fzm) that he heard from angry citizens and apologetic officials after he posted the photo.

Flags in Manitowoc (Photo Credit: Clarence Launderville -- via WLUK)

Flags in Manitowoc (Photo Credit: Clarence Launderville — via WLUK)

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.