Fairview Cemetery grave and flower decoration regulations

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. The City of Scottsbluff Parks and Recreation Department would like to announce that the Cemetery office will be closed during the Memorial Day weekend and Memorial Day.

The City will allow flowers and adornments to be placed on the graves 10 days prior to and 10 days following Memorial Day. The deadline for removing decorations is the end of the day Thursday, June 4th. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

The office is temporarily closed until further notice due to COVID-19.

Also, in accordance with the Governors mandates, there will be no Memorial Day Service at the Cemetery this year.

The Fairview Cemetery is open for visitors from sunrise until sunset.

Staff asks that you practice social distancing during your visit to Fairview Cemetery.

The City will allow flowers and adornments to be placed on the graves 10 days prior to and 10 days following Memorial Day.

The deadline for removing decorations is the end of the day Thursday, June 4th.

A reminder that all permanent flower arrangements or adornments must be part of the monument in an approved vase.

Cemetery staff, following the June 4th deadline will remove all decoration not in compliance with cemetery rules.

For a list of cemetery rules, or to view the cemetery directory please go to the city’s web site at www.scottsbluff.org, under cemetery in the department tab or stop by the cemetery office.

The rules covering the decoration of graves have been developed to insure safety of the public and cemetery employees.

Flowers and other forms of decoration will only be allowed in an approved vase attached to a headstone.

An approved vase is one constructed and installed by a licensed and bonded monument company.

All vases must be approved in writing by the cemetery supervisor before installation.

Cemetery staff will remove any vases not approved.

Placement of decorations on the ground will not be allowed now through October 31st.

Memorial Day decorations and potted plants are permitted on gravesites 10 day before and after Memorial Day.

Examples of things not allowed include, but not limited to: shepherds hooks, metal or wooden rods, solar lights, toys, glass or ceramic statues or flowerpots.

All of these things can become projectiles and cause harm to people and objects in surrounding area.

Planting of live flowers and placement of borders of any kind on the ground next to a headstone is not allowed.

Floral arrangements accompanying casket or urn to the cemetery will be placed on the completed grave.

They will be removed when they become unsightly or wilted.

Artificial flowers are allowed in approved vases year around and may be place on the grave November 1st through March 15th, any time before or after these dates they will be removed by cemetery staff.

For more information, contact Vince Kelley, Cemetery Supervisor at (308) 630-6237.