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Artificial Flower Rules for National Cemeteries: Maintaining a Beautiful Resting Place for Our Heroes

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to upholding the honor and dignity of our fallen heroes in national cemeteries. To ensure that these sacred grounds remain beautifully landscaped, there are rules in place...

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to upholding the honor and dignity of our fallen heroes in national cemeteries. To ensure that these sacred grounds remain beautifully landscaped, there are rules in place regarding the placement of artificial flowers. While most national cemeteries adhere to standard guidelines, it's essential to note that some variations exist.

Honoring Our Heroes: A Guide to Artificial Flower Placement

At national cemeteries like Arlington National Cemetery and the US Soldier's and Airmen's National Cemetery, which are maintained by the Department of the Army, specific rules govern the placement of artificial flowers. Arlington National Cemetery, in particular, sets the benchmark, with guidelines as follows:

As a general rule, silk flowers and potted plants are allowed on graves:

  • From 10 days before Easter Sunday to 10 days after
  • From 10 days before Memorial Day to 10 days after
  • From December 10th through January 10th, Christmas wreaths, potted poinsettias, and other seasonal adornments may be placed on graves.

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It's worth noting that slight variations in artificial flower rules exist at some national cemeteries. Leavenworth National Cemetery, for instance, has the following guidelines: "Artificial flowers and potted plants are permitted on graves during periods that won't interfere with grounds maintenance. Typically, these flowers are allowed from seven days before through seven days after Easter Sunday and Memorial Day. Christmas wreaths, grave blankets, and other seasonal adornments are permitted from December 1st through January 20th, but they should not be secured to headstones or markers."

Meanwhile, Fort Snelling National Cemetery adopts a more flexible policy, allowing artificial flowers to be placed on graves outside of mowing season, which they define as October 1st through April 1st.

Other Essential Guidelines to Follow

In addition to the specific rules regarding artificial flower placement, there are some important general guidelines to adhere to:

  • Floral items should be placed at the side of headstones, aligning them with the headstone row. This prevents damage to the floral items and allows for proper equipment operations.
  • Floral items should not be secured to headstones or markers.
  • Permanent plantings, statues, vigil lights, breakable objects, pinwheels, balloons, toys, stuffed animals, and similar commemorative items are not permitted on graves at any time.
  • Avoid placing any items that are offensive, inconsistent with the cemetery's dignity, or considered hazardous to cemetery personnel.

Unique Rules at National Parks Service Cemeteries

Certain national cemeteries fall under the stewardship of the National Parks Service, with flower rules that may seem vague and arbitrary. According to the Parks Service website, "The placement of fresh cut or artificial flowers, in or on a metal or non-breakable container designated by the superintendent, is allowed at times specified by the superintendent."

If you're uncertain about the rules regarding artificial flowers at a particular national cemetery, you have two options: contact the cemetery office directly and inquire about their policies or conduct an online search for more information. For most cemeteries, you'll find that any products from our vases and hoop basket collection will be permissible.

Conclusion

As we honor and remember our fallen heroes, it's crucial to respect the rules and guidelines set by national cemeteries. By carefully adhering to these regulations, we contribute to creating a serene and beautiful resting place for our brave servicemen and women. Let us always cherish their memory and keep their final resting places a sanctuary of tranquility and respect.

Links to National Cemeteries Artificial Flower Policies:

  • City Point National Cemetery
  • Chattanooga National Cemetery
  • Calverton National Cemetery
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