MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) _ A Rhode Island woman and her husband are looking for answers after they went to a cemetery in Middletown and found numerous small American flags that had adorned gravesites dumped in a trash bin.
Virginia DelNero told The Newport Daily News that she and her husband, David, went to the St. Columba Cemetery last Saturday to visit both their fathers' graves and noticed that flags were missing from many veterans' graves. She said they found more than a dozen flags that looked new in a trash bin at the rear of the cemetery.

Both the DelNeros' fathers were World War II veterans.

Cemetery officials couldn't be reached for comment.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars says American flags must be folded and burned completely in a ceremonial fire.