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Floral Tributes, Flags, and Unauthorized Decorations

Floral Tributes

Day of Interment

  • Floral wreaths, arrangements, bouquets, sprays, and similar displays may be placed on a grave or at the base of a columbarium in connection with a scheduled interment service ONLY and will remain for approximately two (2) days.
  • Any containers used must be made of a non-breakable material (NO glass, ceramic, terra cotta, etc.).
  • Support stands may be used during a scheduled interment service ONLY and may not remain on graves or beside columbaria.
  • Floral displays must not hinder cemetery operations. Excessive floral displays will be removed.
  • Floral displays placed without connection to a scheduled interment service are prohibited and will be removed.

Existing Graves

  • Fresh-cut flowers may be placed beside headstones or at the base of columbaria throughout the year and will remain until they are withered, faded, or otherwise unsightly.
  • Artificial flowers may be placed beside headstones or at the base of columbaria from November 1st through April 30th and will remain until collected.
  • All artificial flowers in the cemetery will be collected by cemetery staff on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each approved month and stored in a publically accessible location until the next collection day.
  • Any artificial flowers left in the cemetery from May 1st through October 31st will be removed.
  • Plastic vases with a ground spike may be used from May 1st through October 31st and are provided to the public in wood-slatted barrels at watering stations located throughout the cemetery.
  • Other styles of vase are prohibited in the cemetery and will be exchanged and removed.
  • Only two (2) vases may remain on a grave at a time. Excess vases on a single grave may be removed and the flowers consolidated.
  • Vases provided by the cemetery are for use in the NH State Veterans Cemetery ONLY and may not be removed from the property.

Potted Plants

  • Potted plants may be placed and remain beside headstones or in cemetery flowerbeds from May 20th through May 31st in observance of Memorial Day.
  • Potted plants are prohibited on sidewalks or at the base of columbaria. Any found will be moved to a cemetery flowerbed.
  • Potted plants will NOT be staked, weighted, or otherwise fixed in place.
  • Containers must be made of a non-breakable material (NO glass, ceramic, terra cotta, etc.) and be no larger than ten (10) inches in diameter.
  • Any potted plants in breakable containers or in containers larger than ten (10) inches in diameter will be removed and sequestered by cemetery staff.
  • Any potted plants left in the cemetery from June 1st through May 19th will be removed and may be planted in cemetery flowerbeds by cemetery staff ONLY.

Holiday Wreaths

  • Evergreen wreaths with a red bow may be placed and remain on graves or in cemetery flowerbeds from December 1st though January 1st.
  • Wreaths must be no larger than 24 inches in diameter and must either lean against the front of a headstone or lay flat in a cemetery flowerbed.
  • Wreaths are prohibited on sidewalks or at the base of columbaria. Any found will be moved to a cemetery flowerbed.
  • Wreaths will NOT be secured to headstones in any way.
  • Wreath stands are prohibited in the cemetery and will be removed.
  • Only one (1) wreath may remain on a grave at a time. Excess wreaths on a single grave will be removed.
  • Any wreaths left in the cemetery from January 2nd through November 30th will be removed.

Flags

  • The cemetery’s central flags provide perpetual honor to all veterans laid to rest in the cemetery.
  • American flags are placed on all graves and occupied columbaria by cemetery staff and approved volunteers in observance of Memorial Day and Veterans Day ONLY and are prohibited at any other time.
  • Other flags are prohibited on graves or columbaria without the explicit permission of cemetery staff and will otherwise be removed.

Unauthorized Decorations

  • Personal items and decorations – with the exception of specified floral tributes – are prohibited on graves or columbaria and will be removed.
  • Personal items and decorations – including floral tributes – are prohibited in the Memorial Walkway or on flagpoles without the explicit permission of cemetery staff and will otherwise be removed.
  • Personal items and decorations will NOT be taped, glued, tied, hung, or otherwise attached to headstones, niche covers, bronze markers, or monuments.
  • Containers made from breakable materials (glass, ceramic, terra cotta, etc.) are strictly prohibited in the cemetery and will be removed.
  • Support stands of any kind are ONLY permitted during a scheduled interment service and will otherwise be removed.

The NH State Veterans Cemetery is NOT responsible for damaged, lost, stolen, removed, or otherwise missing floral tributes, personal items, or decorations

Interpretations, exceptions, and modifications to these rules and regulations are at the discretion of cemetery staff


New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery Regulations

  1. Cemetery grounds are open to the public daylight hours, seven days a week.
     
  2. All persons within the Cemetery will conduct themselves in a manner respectful of a hallowed place.  Improper behavior will not be tolerated and persons violating reasonable standards of behavior will be subject to removal from the grounds at the absolute discretion of the Director.
     
  3. Motor vehicles shall be driven at a speed no greater than 15 miles per hour and shall be kept to the right side of the roadways.
     
  4. Motor vehicles shall not stop or park near an open grave while an interment is in progress.
     
  5. Tires of motor vehicles shall remain on pavement (only exception is when directed by staff). Typically parking will be in designated areas only and shall never block the roadways.  Motor vehicles shall not be driven or parked on grass areas unless so directed.
     
  6. Pets are allowed in the Cemetery provided they are on a leash; stay on cemetery roads and the persons walking the pet(s) will clean up feces.
     
  7. Disposal of trash, flowers, containers or any other debris is prohibited except in the proper disposal containers provided by the Cemetery.
     
  8. Planting of trees, shrubs, or flowers by any person other then the Director or his agents is prohibited.
     
  9. Refer to the Floral Tributes section of the Cemetery Rules and Regulations for information on what is or is not allowed on gravesites.
     
  10. All visitors are forbidden from damaging trees, shrubs, plants or lawns.  The Cemetery grounds and/or grave markers may not be marked, defaced, or damaged in any way.
     
  11. Bicycles and motorized cycles are allowed on the roads in the cemetery if they are there for the purpose of visiting a deceased veteran and/or a deceased family member.
     
  12. Skateboards, roller blades, manual scooters and any other such type of recreation or transportation are not allowed in the Cemetery.
     
  13. Snowmobiles are not allowed on the Cemetery grounds, except in the designated locations where grave plots are not prepared.  Snowmobile trails have been agreed to with the local snowmobile clubs.
     
  14. Visitors, except while acting as military escorts are prohibited from bringing firearms or explosives of any kind into the Cemetery.  All hunting within the Cemetery is prohibited.
     
  15. Cemetery employees are prohibited from performing any work directly requested of them by anyone other then the Director.  No money shall be offered or paid to Cemetery employees for personal services or as a gesture of gratitude.  All inquiries regarding work performance should be directed to the Director.