Fresh cut flowers are permitted on graves year round. Flowers may be removed to facilitate cemetery operations such as lawn mowing & grounds maintenance. Flowers delivered by a florist must have all wrapping paper removed and no other packing materials may be left at the gravesite.
Flower pick- up dates are posted on “Next Flower Pick-Up” signs posted at cemetery entrances. During flower pick-up dates all florals items will be removed from graves. Persons who placed floral items on graves may recover those items from their loved one’s grave prior to the scheduled pick-up dates.
Artificial flowers may be placed on graves throughout the year but may be removed as soon as they become faded and unsightly.
Plantings or potted plants will not be permitted on graves at any time.
Christmas wreaths or grave blankets are permitted on graves during Christmas season from Dec. 1 until Jan. 20 of each year. Grave floral blankets may not be larger than two by three feet. Cemetery trees, shrubs and /or other plants may not be decorated with ornaments of any kind.
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 permitted.
Items not permitted on gravesites will be removed from graves to be held in a centralized area on cemetery grounds and will be held for one month prior to disposal. The cemetery staff will assist families in retrieval of the tributes when requested.
Floral items & and other types of decorations or objects may not be attached to headstones, markers or niches.
The Cemetery Director reserves the right to remove & destroy without notice , anything left on graves that violates the intent of these regulations, offends the sensibilities of the public or the dignity of this cemetery, is an eyesore, or threat to the safety of the public or cemetery personnel.
Plastic or metal vases are only permitted on graves. Cemetery supplied vases are Federal property and are not allowed to be removed from the cemetery. Plastic vases are located in receptacles throughout the cemetery and should be returned to the receptacles when no longer needed.
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.
Tallahassee 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. Anyone caught removing items from gravesites not their own will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.