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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), who maintains most of our national cemeteries, has several rules in place to maintain a nicely landscaped and attractive resting place for our fallen heroes. Many of these rules are blanket rules that cover all national cemeteries. However, the rules regarding placement of artificial flowers varies from cemetery to cemetery.
Two of the national cemeteries that aren't maintained by the VA, Arlington National Cemetery and the US Soldier's and Airmen's National Cemetery, are maintained by the Department Army. While each cemetery has its own rules regarding the placement of artificial flowers, most tend to follow the rules set by Arlington, which are as follows.
As a general rule, silk flowers and potted plants will be allowed on graves:
- *For a period extending 10 days before Easter Sunday to 10 days after.
- *For a period extending 10 days before Memorial Day to 10 days after.
- *Christmas wreaths, potted poinsettias, and other seasonal adornments may be placed on graves from December 10th through January 10th.
Some National cemeteries have slight variances in their artificial flower rules, such as Leavenworth National Cemetery, who's rules are as follows: "Artificial flowers and potted plants will be permitted on graves during periods when their presence will not interfere with grounds maintenance. As a general rule, artificial flowers and potted plants will be allowed on graves for a period extending seven days before through seven days after Easter Sunday and Memorial Day. Christmas wreaths, grave blankets and other seasonal adornments may be placed on graves from Dec. 1 through Jan. 20. They may not be secured to headstones or markers."
Fort Snelling National Cemetery has a more open policy towards artificial flowers, allowing them to be placed on graves anytime outside of mowing season, which they consider to be October 1st through April 1st.
Some other rules that should be adhered to are:
- *Floral items should be placed at the side of headstones in line with the headstone row. This allows for equipment operations and prevents damage to floral items.
- *Floral items should not be secured to headstones or markers.
- *Permanent plantings, statues, vigil lights, breakable objects, pinwheels, balloons, toys and stuffed animals and similar commemorative items are not permitted on the graves at any time.
- *Don't place any items that are considered offensive, inconsistent with the dignity of the cemetery, or considered hazardous to cemetery personnel.
There are also some national cemeteries that are maintained by the National Parks Service. The flower rules at these sites can be vague and arbitrary. According to the Parks Service website, "The placement on a grave of fresh cut or artificial flowers in or on a metal or other non-breakable rod or container designated by the superintendent is allowed at times designated by the superintendent."
If you're unsure of the rules for artificial flowers at a particular national cemetery, your best option is to either call the cemetery office and ask about their policies, or search online for them. Below are links to flower rules for some national cemeteries. For most cemeteries, any of the products found on our vases and hoop basket collection page will be allowed.
*Graveside Flowers can deliver orders directly to national cemeteries (or any other cemetery that maintains an office) however, you will need to make arrangements to have the flowers placed at the grave site.
Links to National Cemeteries Artificial Flower Policies:
Most of us make regular visits to grave sites of loved ones we've lost. However, for many people, their list of loved ones extends to celebrities and other public figures, whom they've never actually met. Below we've listed some of the most visited grave sites in America. They're not listed in any particular order because it's difficult to determine exactly how many people visit each grave on an annual basis.
President John F. Kennedy - Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, VA
The day President John F. Kennedy's assassination, the New York Times announced, "The president was expected to be buried at the Kennedy family plot in Holyhood Cemetery, near Brookline, Mass. He is a native of Boston." However, Jacqueline Kennedy, the President's widow, arranged to have him buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Her wishes were stated simply, "He belongs to the people." On May 23, 1994, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was buried next to President Kennedy.
Michael Jackson - Forrest Lawn Cemetery - Glendale, CA
The King of Pop is buried in the Holly Terrace section of The Great Mausoleum in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California. Forest Lawn is the final resting place of many Hollywood celebrities, and attract well over a million visitors each year. The Holly Terrace section is private and off-limits to the public, but thousands come each day to leave flowers just outside.
Elvis Presley - Graceland - Memphis, TN
When the King died in August of 1977, he was interned in a mausoleum in Forest Hills Cemetery in Memphis, TN next to his mother, Gladys. However, fans and souvenir seekers often tampered with his grave, so Elvis and his mother were moved to their current resting place at Graceland. More than 600,000 visitors still come to Graceland each year.
Frank Sinatra - Palm Springs, CA
Ol' Blue Eyes is buried at Desert Memorial Park in Palm Springs, CA. He was buried with a bottle of Jack Daniels and a pack of Camel cigarettes in his suit pockets. After all, you don't want to head to the afterlife without the basic necessities. Sinatra's final resting place is also home to the graves of Sonny Bono, and songwriter, Jimmy Van Heusen (who wrote several of Sinatra's most famous songs). The inscription on his gravestone reads, "The best is yet to come."
Bruce Lee - Seattle, WA
Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon , are buried side by side at Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle, WA. The KungFu star died unexpectedly at age 32, just weeks before the release of his hit movie Enter the Dragon. Though the official cause of death was an allergic reaction to aspirin, rumors persist that he died as a result of an evil curse.
Johnny Cash - Hendersonville, TN
The Man in Black passed away on September 12th, 2003 from diabetes. He's buried next to his wife, June Carter Cash at the Hendersonville Memory Garden in Henderson, TN, which is just outside of Nashville. June passed away just months before Johhny. The Cash grave site attracts nearly as many visitors each year as Graceland.
Marilyn Monroe - Westwood Village Memorial Park - Westwood, CA
Like Michael Jackson, the blonde bombshell is interned near many other Hollywood stars, which makes access to her grave site difficult. Other graves found in this small cemetery include the likes of Natalie Wood, Dean Martin, Roy Orbison, Carroll O'Connor, Don Knotts, Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Truman Capote, Burt Lancaster, George C. Scott, and Eva Gabor. Needless to say, it attracts throngs of visitors.
If you visit any of these famous sites, please remember to be courteous and respectful. While all of these people seemed larger than life, they're all somebody's loved one. If you're curious about the graves of other celebrities, you can find more information on www.findagrave.com...and don't forget to bring memorial flowers from Graveside Flowers!
Placing an elegant flower arrangement on top of a headstone is a beautiful way to memorialize a loved one who has passed. But how do you attach the flowers so they don't blow away in the first wind that rolls through the cemetery after you've place them? You obviously don't want to have your flowers lost, but you also don't want to attach them in a fashion that looks bad or might damage the stone.
The headstone spray, which is a very popular style of grave site floral arrangement, can be placed on the ground atop the grave, on an easel next to the grave stone, or perched on top of the stone. Of the three options, having the spray on top of the stone looks the best, and is how the arrangement was really intended to be displayed.
Most sprays are sold with a saddle that is made of coat hanger-like wire that is bent to fit over the top of the stone and hold it in place. These saddles do a decent job of holding the flowers in place, but they can still be blown away if the wind gets strong. The other issues with saddles is often times they look cheap, and if they're made from low-cost materials, can rust and leave rusty streaks running down the face of the stone.
The Best Solution
We've also seen other strategies for attaching flowers that are quite crude, ineffective, and unattractive, such as the use of plastic wrap, duct tape, wire, zip ties, and fishing line. While some of these strategies are quite creative and border on engineering marvels, they typically don't look very good. Especially when you get close!
Graveside Flowers sells a product that will anchor your flowers to a headstone in a way that is completely hidden from view, won't damage the stone, will hold up to a strong wind, is made from aluminum, so it won't rust...and doesn't cost that much more than a roll of duct tape. This innovative headstone flower arrangement anchor (pictured to the right) retails for just $8.99 and makes a perfect, and permanent, solution to the problem of securing flowers on top of a grave marker.
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