Cemetery Decorations

Cemetery Decorations

In order to maintain the cemetery in a manner that you can be proud of, we have established regulations concerning the decoration of graves, mausoleum spaces and columbarium niches.

These regulations are to ensure the beauty of the cemetery and the safety of visitors and groundskeepers. General guidelines are provided below, and you can download a flyer here for full details.

Approved Decorations

Flowers and American flags placed in cemetery approved vases are approved decorations. All decorations except flowers and American flags placed in cemetery-approved vases will be removed from graves by cemetery personnel one week after interment.

Silk flower arrangements are available for purchase through the cemetery office. Learn more.

Unapproved Decorations

For the safety of cemetery visitors and staff and the beauty of the cemetery, some types of decorations may not be placed at graves or in the mausoleum.

Glass or ceramic vases and jars are not permitted at any time at graves or in the mausoleum. Mechanical and electronic devices or any decorations above three feet in height are not permitted at any time. These devices make it difficult and dangerous to maintain the cemetery grounds.

Planting of any kind is not permitted. Potting soil or dirt cannot be placed in bronze memorial vases. Please consider donating a tree to the cemetery in honor of your loved one through our Living Memorial Program.

Cemetery Clean-up Days

To beautify and maintain the cemetery, we conduct a twice-yearly all cemetery clean-up day on March 1 and November 15th (or the next business day). All cemetery decorations will be removed at this time, including items in vases. Empty vases will be turned upside down for safety.

This allows our staff to perform appropriate maintenance on the property. If you wish to keep your decorations, please remove them by March 1 and November 15. Approved decorations can be placed again beginning on the Saturday after the clean-up day.

Removal of Decorationss

All decorations except flowers and American flags placed in cemetery approved vases will be removed from graves by cemetery personnel one week after an interment. Cemetery personnel will also remove unauthorized decorations and wilted flowers from graves and the mausoleum throughout the year.

All types of floral displays and personal decorations will be removed one week after the following holidays: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Day. This does exclude flowers and American flags placed in cemetery-approved vases. If you wish to keep your decoration, please remove it prior to that day.

For the Christmas holiday, decorations may be placed beginning Thanksgiving Day. As a service to you, all decorations except flowers and American flags placed in cemetery approved vases will be removed one week after Christmas.

Living Memorial Program

If you are looking for a way to permanently honor your loved one, consider donating a tree to the cemetery in their honor. We will plant maples, oaks, elms, white pines, ginkgos and lindens.

We can assist you with the location and the details. Your tree will add grace and beauty to the cemetery today, and increase in grandeur for generations to come. Click here to view our selection.