Local

December 7, 2012

Riverside National Cemetery announces holiday decorating policy

by Jim Ruester
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Riverside National Cemetery Director Dean Moline announced the cemetery’s holiday decorating policy.

The policy, according to Moline, is meant to establish a uniform standard of appearance by balancing the family’s desire to honor its loved one with the cemetery’s requirement to continue maintenance operations throughout the long holiday season.

“We understand that decorating the gravesite helps families to heal and ease their grief,” Moline said. “We want to allow that to occur, but within a framework that upholds the dignity of the cemetery.”

The cemetery’s holiday decorating policy will allow for the following: floral arrangements, wreaths, potted plants and trees no more than 20 inches in height. Potted plants and trees are allowed only if they are not permanent and are not decorated with breakable ornaments.

Further, these decorations are not permitted to be secured to the marker and should not obstruct a visitor’s ability to view the marker.

Due to the length of time that holiday decorations will be allowed, Dec. 1 to Jan. 15, Moline said that items will be removed from gravesites if they are withered, faded, unsightly, unsafe, offensive, encroach on adjacent gravesites or hinder cemetery operations.

Moline added that permanent plantings, statues, vigil lights and breakable items such as toys will not be allowed because they can be lost in the grass and could become projectiles if they are picked up by grounds maintenance equipment.

“We appreciate the public’s cooperation,” Moline said. “We believe this policy allows our families to acknowledge the holiday season, while enabling the staff to continue to maintain the cemetery as a national shrine.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Reveille: Continuing a proud military tradition

Reveille is a French word that literally means “wake up” and is traditionally played at sunrise on military installations. Here at March ARB, the 452nd Security Forces Squadron raises the national flag during reveille at 7:30 a.m. each day. The practice of reveille can be traced back to the French army, which used a form...
 
 
NorCo

Looking sharp!

Chief Information Systems Technician Christian Joson, left, and Utilitiesman 1st Class John Anderson conduct a seasonal military uniform inspection of service members assigned to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Divi...
 
 
LG-Read-Across-America-Feb-20141

Volunteers from the 452nd Air Mobility Wing

Volunteers from the 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., help celebrate the National Education Association’s Read Across America day at local area schools within the Riverside Unified School District, Feb....
 

 
130124-f-am806-002

Fourth Air Force commander leaves March, visits Joint Base Charleston reservists

Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy, Jr., 4th Air Force commander visited the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Jan. 24, 2014, as part of an effort to get out and see the wings under his command. Col. James Fontanella, 3...
 
 
U.S. Airforce photo/Linda Welz

Coping with drought; preserving a precious resource

U.S. Airforce photo/Linda Welz A drainage ditch on March Air Reserve Base, Calif., stands void of all but a few puddles of water on January 22, 2014, residue from landscape maintainance and evidence of the severe drought that h...
 
 

March Inn lodging system in place to improve your UTA experience

Due to the elimination of the Automatic Lodging Reservation System, the March Inn is operating on Air Force Instruction 34-246, Air Force Lodging Program, while a new wing instruction is being written. Use of the ALRS was eliminated because the Air Force Lodging Fund would not support it with Non Appropriated Funds and lodging lost...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin