Des Moines begins removing cemetery decorations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines officials are beginning the process of removing memorial decorations from gravesites in municipal cemeteries as part of a cleanup.

The city’s Park and Recreation department will remove the decorations beginning Tuesday. They will be cleared by Oct. 18.

Staff had been encouraging residents to take down materials ahead of the removal, since remaining items on the gravesites will be discarded.

The public will be able to place decorations again after the staff is done with clearing. They will be left in place until the spring cleanup in March.

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