Residents of Elsberry, Missouri, are furious with a local cemetery after one of their contractors rounded up many small American flags being displayed on graves and threw them out.
According to KTVI-TV, Alliance Water Resources, a maintenance support company, took the flags off of the veteran’s graves in the Elsberry Cemetery and threw them in the garbage.
“No American flag should ever be tossed in the dumpster no matter how small it is,” Roger Morris, Commander of VFW Post 9064, told KTVI.
“I have friends that did not come back and the flag is extremely important to me.”
“This one — there’s nothing wrong with it,” Post 9064 Quartermaster Morgan Brown said, going through the flags. “Why are you going to pull it off somebody’s grave?”
Conservative Tribune reports:
For now, the group is keeping the dumped flags locked away until they can give them a proper send-off. In the meantime, Alliance Water Resources is apologizing for its decision to throw them away.
“Alliance is a strong supporter of the military and we understand the sacrifices that have been made by service members and their families,” read a statement from Alliance Water Resources Regional Operations Manager James Sneed.
“We also share the deep sentiment held by many for our American flag. On our behalf of the staff and the city of Elsberry, I apologize for this mistake and commit to making sure the staff is educated so this does not happen again.”
The fact that this came right before the Fourth of July holiday just adds insult to injury. We understand that mistakes are made and that Alliance apologized, but any VFW — as well as the Boy Scouts of America, American Legion and AMVETS — will properly dispose of any flag you wish to get rid of. Alliance and the town of Elsberry ought to have known this — and residents have every reason to be angry.
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