By CHRIS AGEE | cagee@mineralwellsindex.com

Flags may now be flown alongside graves – any grave – throughout the year at Woodland Park Cemetery provided they are displayed in city-approved receptacles.

Mineral Wells City Council on Tuesday, in a joint session and public hearing with the Woodland Park Cemetery, unanimously amended the city cemetery's policy on grave site flags after an often misreported national story caused an uproar.

The regulations adopted Tuesday state flags must be placed in either vases attached to grave markers, in plastic sleeves adjacent to the marker and installed by cemetery staff, or other flag holders provided by veteran's organizations. The plastic flag holders are available at the cemetery office at no charge. The cemetery will also sell holders that fit inside those vases that are part of the grave marker.

Under the new policy flags may be no larger than 10 inches by 16 inches and stand no taller than 3 feet and any tattered or faded flags will be removed by cemetery personnel. Those collected flags will then be delivered to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post once a month for proper disposal.

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