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Discarded cemetery flags cleaned up

September 22, 2020 News Extra

This image was taken by Facebook user “Dave Stew” on Monday at the Butler County Memorial Park Mausoleum and Cemetery. The area was cleanup and flags properly disposed of and employees responsible for mess disciplined Tuesday.

Three employees were disciplined and hundreds of small American flags properly disposed of on Tuesday at Butler County Memorial Park Mausoleum and Cemetery.

A video appeared Monday on a Butler-related Facebook page that showed hundreds of small flags that had been placed on graves at the cemetery dumped in the adjacent woods along with other refuse.

The video was shot by Facebook user “Dave Stew” and garnered more than 275 comments, mostly from outraged residents

“I was just a concerned citizen,” David said. “I figured I had to do what I had to do to let the public know.”

Paul Simms, manager at the cemetery on Evans City Road in Butler Township, said Tuesday morning that his one full-time and two part-time employees have been disciplined and made to understand in no uncertain terms the importance of proper disposal of the flags placed on the graves.

“It was a one-time occurrence and will never happen again,” Simms said. “It's an unfortunate situation, but I'm glad to rectify it within four hours of knowing about it.”

Read more in Wednesday's Butler Eagle.