Fresh cut flowers are welcomed and encouraged to be placed on graves all year round. Once the blooms are spent they will be removed. Temporary flower containers are available in designated bins.
Artificial flowers may be placed on graves only during the period of April 1 thru Nov. 15. Due to ground maintenance requirements and cemetery operations, placement should not be considered permanent. All items will be picked up and disposed of immediately, on the first and third Tuesday of each month to facilitate grounds maintenance.
Permanent plantings of any kind are not permitted on graves. Potted plants are only allowed one week prior to and one week after Easter and Memorial Day.
Christmas wreaths, potted plants and floral grave blankets are permitted on graves from Dec. 15 through Jan. 15. Arrangements may not be more than 24” high. Cemetery trees, shrubs and/or any other plants may not be decorated with any ornaments of any kind at any time.
To preserve the dignity of the cemetery, items placed on graves must be floral in nature. Commemorative items, balloons, pinwheels, glass items, votive or vigil lights, candles, statues, shepherd’s hooks and stuffed animals are not allowed. Any item that violates the intent of the floral regulations, compromises the dignity of the cemetery, or is a threat to safety will be removed.
No item or object may be attached to the headstone, marker or niche cover. No item may stand taller than the headstone. Headstones are federal property, altering or marking by paint, marker, lipstick or any other means is considered vandalism and may be subject to penalty as defined in Title 38 U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Sec. 1.218 Security and law enforcement at VA facilities.
Metal and/or plastic vases are provided by the cemetery. They are federal property and are not allowed to be removed from the cemetery. Glass vases are not permitted on graves at any time.
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.