Fresh cut flowers can be placed on gravesites year-round. Once the flowers become unsightly, we will remove them. In addition, to facilitate a thorough cleaning of the burial sections, we will remove and dispose of all items placed on gravesites on the first and third Tuesday of each month (exception winter holiday season). Temporary plastic flower vases are available in the designated bins.
Artificial flowers and potted plants are allowed only on graves for a period extending five days before through five days after Easter Sunday and Memorial Day.
Seasonal Holiday Adornments for Christmas and Hanukkah, etc., such as wreaths, poinsettias, and small floral grave blankets, may be placed on graves from the third Saturday in December (National Wreaths Across America Day) through the third Monday in January (Martin Luther King Jr. Day). Arrangements cannot be more than 24" high or long.
To preserve the dignity of the cemetery, balloons, pinwheels, lights, candles, statues, stuffed animals, breakable items, etc. are not permitted. Bakersfield National Cemetery assumes no responsibility for items left on gravesites.
No item or object may be attached to the headstone or niche cover. Headstones and niche covers are federal property, altering or marking by paint, marker, lipstick or any other means is prohibited.
Bakersfield National Cemetery assumes no responsibility for items left on gravesites. Due to the open nature of the grounds, we cannot guarantee against theft, vandalism or the effects of nature.
We thank you in advance for providing the respect our Veterans are due, by observing the above listed regulations. Our Nation's heroes, some of whom gave their lives for this country, deserve no less than an honorable and pristine landscape to make their final rest.