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MIDDLETOWN, R.I.

R.I. couple upset at finding cemetery flags in trash

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence said it is reminding cemetery employees about the proper way to dispose of an American flag after more than a dozen flags were discovered in a trash bin at a Middletown cemetery. Virginia DelNero told The Newport Daily News that she and her husband were at St. Columba Cemetery on Saturday and noticed flags were missing from many veterans’ graves. She said they found them in a trash bin. American flags are supposed to be disposed of by burning. The diocese said that it regrets the error and that it follows a strict protocol to dispose of flags properly.