Our cemetery floral policy exists only to reflect the honor and respect we hold for our Nation's Veterans, by preserving the dignity and solemnity of their final resting place.
We welcome and encourage fresh-cut flowers throughout the year. The cemetery provides water and green flower containers for gravesite display located at each section and columbarium. Permanent plantings or fixtures are not permitted.
Funeral arrangements may include 1 casket spray and up to 2 floral pieces accompanying the casket or urn at the time of the burial will be placed on the completed grave. They will be removed when they become unsightly or when it becomes necessary to facilitate cemetery operations such as mowing.
Other seasonal adornments such as artificial flowers, potted plants, or poinsettias that are less than 18 inches in diameter are permitted for placement on gravesites during the period 10 days before and 10 days after Easter Sunday, Christmas and Hanukkah. Artificial floral arrangements will be allowed five days before and after Memorial Day on all gravesites.
Items left at the grave must be floral in nature and may not stand taller than 24 inches. Unauthorized items include artificial flowers (except the dates above), balloons, pinwheels, wind chimes, lights, candles, weapons of any kind, vigil lights, glass vases, statues, stuffed animals, alcoholic products or other similar in nature. No item may be attached to a headstone. Altering a headstone in any manner is prohibited. (i.e., marking, sitting on, placing objects upon, attaching photographs or keepsakes to, etc.). Unauthorized items will be removed immediately. Removed items will be held for 30 days.
Floral pick up will be conducted on Thursday each week. Flowers that have become unsightly will be removed for mowing and maintenance purposes, or if damaged by weather or wildlife. Due to the open nature of the grounds, we cannot guarantee against theft, vandalism or the effects of nature.
Individual gravesite flags, no larger than 8" by 12", are permitted on graves placed by family and friends for private memorialization. The following military and military-related service flags are allowed: United States, Armed Services of the U.S (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Public Health Service, American Merchant Marines, Army & Air National Guards, Prisoners of War/Missing in Action, Medal of Honor and Foreign Allies pertaining to the decedent. Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) gravesite flags are not permitted. Flags will be removed and retired when needed for grounds maintenance or when become unserviceable IAW Title 4 U.S.C. Chapter 1.
Grounds: In order to preserve the dignity and honor of our Veterans' final resting place, please observe the following rules of behavior U.S. Code of Federal Regulations 38 C.F.R. §1.218 while visiting the cemetery grounds:
- Altering a headstone in any manner is prohibited. (i.e., marking, sitting on, placing objects upon, attaching photographs or keepsakes to, etc.)
- Pets are not allowed on the cemetery grounds at any time.
- No soliciting.
- Sports or recreational activities of any kind are prohibited.
- No picnicking.
- Public gatherings of a partisan nature are prohibited, no unauthorized gatherings are permitted.
- Committal shelters are for services only, no loitering.
- Littering is not allowed, please use one of the many receptacles provided.
- Smoking is not allowed on the grounds, in any building or the committal shelter.
- No cutting, digging or otherwise damaging the landscape.
- Boisterous activity, including the playing of loud music, is prohibited.
All items placed on gravesites become the property of the US Government and will be disposed of under federal regulations.
Thank you in advance for providing the respect our Veterans are due by observing the above listed floral and grounds policy. 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.