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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:
When we lay a loved one to rest, we always do our best to honor the deceased with an attractive looking headstone and burial plot. However, what was once as beautiful grave site can start to look neglected over time. Properly maintaining a grave site isn't something that requires a lot of time or effort, but if done on a fairly regular basis, will keep your loved one's memorial looking the way it did when they were first laid to rest.
We often assume the cemetery will provide all the maintenance necessary to keep a grave site in pristine condition, but that isn't always the case. Most cemeteries only provide maintenance of common areas and general cleanup and mowing around individual graves. If your loved one is buried in a cemetery that has fallen on tough financial times, or is no longer being actively managed, it can be in a complete state of disrepair.
Before embarking on any cleanup or decorating work, be sure to check the rules for your cemetery. Some are very specific about what type of work you're allowed to do, and what types of decorations can be left on graves. Once you're familiar with the protocols, here are some items you should consider for the grave site:
Headstone Repair and Maintenance
Headstones don't stay perfect and don't last forever. Weather and freeze/thaw cycles will stain, deteriorate, and in some cases, even break headstones.
Depending upon how old the headstone is and how long it's been since the last cleaning, this can be easy or difficult. If the headstone is in pretty good shape , the best cleaning option is water and a soft bristled brush. Never use a wire brush, steel wool, or any type of scouring pad. These items will damage the stone.
If water and a soft brush doesn't do the job and a detergent is required, you need to make sure you use a non-ionic detergent. Most household cleaners are NOT a good choice. Non-ionic detergents can be found at janitorial supply stores and some farm and home stores. Don't ever use bleach or other harsh detergents. You'll do more harm to the stone than good. We always recommend the use of D/2 Biologics for headstone cleaning.
If the stone is chipped or broken, modern epoxies make it possible to put the stone back together and look good (assuming you can find all of the pieces and it hasn't actually crumbled). Below is a video demonstrating how to do this:
Landscaping and Planting
Since most cemeteries provide mowing and overall landscape work, there isn't typically a lot to do in this area, but often times, a little effort can make a grave site look that much better. There are often weeds that need to be pulled trimming that needs to be done to the grass that's right next to the grave marker. These jobs can easily be done by hand.
If you're considering planting flowers or a small bush, you should definitely check the cemetery rules first. Otherwise, your efforts could be wasted. Since flowers require extra maintenance and have a limited life span, you may want to consider artificial flowers. Today's artificial flowers looks very realistic, stay looking good for extended periods of time, and don't cost much more than real flowers.
Decorations and Memorials
This is the area you need to be most concerned with when it comes to rules and regulations of the cemetery. It's natural to want to leave mementos, flowers, stuffed animals, notes, etc. However, it's important to keep in mind that one man's touching memorial is another man's eyesore.
Generally speaking, when it comes to decorating a grave, less is more. Before leaving anything at a memorial site, think about what weather might do to it. Will it blow away? Will it break, etc. You definitely don't want to create a mess or hazard that as maintenance worker will have to deal with later.
Grave site maintenance shouldn't take you more than an hour, if you do it twice a year. That isn't a very big commitment for something that memorializes the life of somebody you loved.
Leaving flowers at the grave or memorial site for somebody who has passed away is something many of us feel the need to do. However, we want to make sure we do it in a way that will properly reflect upon, and honor, the life of our late loved one. This sometimes makes it difficult to choose just the right flowers. Should the flowers be bright and festive, or should they be more subtle and understated? Should we buy a wreath, a bouquet, a pillow, or a spray? How many flowers should we place on the grave?
All of these questions really boil down to what your instincts tell you to do. There is no right or wrong. However, we'd like to give you some general thoughts that might help you follow your instincts to the perfect graveside flowers.
Flowers carry a lot of symbolism, which is very important for remembrances. Listed below are some of the artificial silk flowers we sell here, and what each one symbolizes:
- Rose (red) - Passionate love
- Rose (pink) - Friendship
- Rose (yellow) - Zealous
- Rose (white) - Purity
- Poppy - Consolation - Also symbolic for veterans
- Calla Lily - Marriage and fidelity
- Sunflower - Adoration
- Peony - Healing
- Zinnia - Thoughts of friends
- Daisy - Innocence
- Hydrangea - Perseverance
- Gladiola - Strength of character
- Carnation (red) - Flashy
- Carnation (pink) - Gratitude
- Carnation (white) - Remembrance
- Larkspur - Beautiful spirit
- Orchid - Delicate beauty
Wreaths are customary at funerals as symbols of life, death and the immortality of the soul. A wreath may be used at a grave site as a symbol of hope that the spirit as moved on and surpassed the death of the body.
When choosing flowers to leave at a grave, let your heart be your guide. If your memories of the deceased make you think of a field of daisies, leave a bouquet of daisies. If you have a special memory of the person where a vase of roses was present, leave a vase of roses. In these situations, more often than not, your heart will lead you in the right direction.