MIDLAND COUNTY (WJRT) -
(05/05/14) - American flags, statues and shepherd's hooks - just some of the items that people say have been removed from grave sites at a Mid-Michigan cemetery.
People have contacted ABC12 News to look into why the items at the Midland Memorial Gardens on Meridian Road in Midland County's Homer Township have been removed.
ABC12's Terry Camp went looking for answers.
Midland Memorial Gardens in Midland County appears to be well-kept resting place, but not far from the cemetery, near a maintenance garage, is what has some people riled up. People have posted their complaints on a private Midland County Facebook page.
On the Facebook page, one person wrote, "We went out to change the garland and they had removed everything from the graves. Never told anyone."
Another wrote, "People have gone to pay their respects and found objects they have placed in memoriam of their loved ones have all been removed, without apparent notice, and discarded in a heap behind the cemetery. This includes American flags disrespectfully tossed into the heap as well." A person who works for Midland Memorial Gardens told ABC12 News that we had to call the main office of the parent company, Midwest Memorial Group in Oakland County. So far, the company has not returned our phone calls to explain why the items were removed from grave sites.
One person told us Midland Memorial Gardens has implemented new cemetery rules. Those rules are posted near the entrance of the cemetery.
People we spoke with are upset that they were not contacted before items were removed from their loved one's sites, and not happy to see them staged outside near the maintenance garage.
Donna Campbell of Midwest Memorial did in get touch with ABC12 News to explain that the items had to be moved to allow equipment to safely move around the grave sites after this tough winter.
She says people can claim the items and put them back, if they meet the rules of the cemetery.