HARRISBURG – A bill to ensure the proper upkeep of the graves of PA veterans was unanimously approved by the state Senate. Under current law, counties are required to place a U.S. flag on the graves of all honorably discharged veterans. Senate Bill 550 enhances that by requiring cemeteries to remove these flags when they become worn after Veterans Day and Independence Day as part of the normal course of maintenance and also allows for a family member to remove and keep the flag. The action  ensures greater communication between cemeteries, local veterans’ organizations, and county commissioners currently required to provide the flags. Senate Bill 550 now goes to the state House of for consideration.