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Joliet cemetery apologizes after removing loved ones’ decorations from graves

By Judy Wang, Erika June Smith and Patrick Elwood,

Elmhurst Cemetery’s fall cleanup effort garnered criticism after they removed flowers and other items placed on graves.

Families are angry over the way mementos important to the families were tossed out.

Families who visited over Veterans Day weekend said they were shocked when some of the items removed included markers on the graves of veterans. Loved ones posted photos of flowers, flags and mementos that were tossed near a storage shed on the cemetery’s Facebook page.


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