Guam Veterans Cemetery to clear gravesites for scheduled ground maintenance

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Guam Veterans Cemetery (PNC file photo)

The Guam Veterans Cemetery will be clearing flowers and other decorative items on gravesites this Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in order to facilitate scheduled cemetery ground maintenance.

This cleanup effort is necessary to ensure the cemetery meets federal regulations.

Its goal is to preserve the dignity, beauty, and serenity of these hallowed grounds at the Guam Veterans Cemetery.

The public is asked for assistance assistance in reaching and maintaining these goals by adhering to the floral regulations set forth in 36 CFR § 12.10.

Furthermore, due to the open nature of the grounds, management cannot guarantee against theft, vandalism, or the effects of nature.

The Guam Veterans Cemetery hours of operation are Monday through Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm. The walk-in gates will no longer be open 24 hours daily, until further notice.

Guam Veterans Cemetery has the following rules and regulations posted outside the main gate, in addition to a document signed by the Veteran of a deceased dependent or the deceased Veteran’s next of kin for burial arrangements.

REGULATIONS

• Fresh cut and artificial flowers and wreaths may be placed on graves and crypts at any time. They will be removed as soon as they become wilted, faded, or unsightly. All floral items will be removed when typhoon conditions have been declared.

• Glass or ceramic vases or flowerpots are prohibited. These include candles enclosed in glass even if the glass has a religious belief. Fresh cut or artificial flowers in glass or ceramic containers will be immediately removed by cemetery personnel. This is a matter of safety for you and your loved ones, especially children.

• Permanent plantings, statues, vigil lights in glass and other types of commemorative items including toys, balloons, photos or any similar articles are not to be placed or attached to crypts, crypt ledges, or spaces above and below crypts.

• Food, fruit, beer, soda, and similar items are not to be placed on the crypt and graves. They will be immediately disposed of.

• Personal maintenance of gravesites such as cutting grass, putting sand and gravel on graves or on outline of graves, trenching around the graves and head markers, and painting of crypt covers and markers are prohibited.

• Please dispose of all trash in the appropriate receptacles and not on the ground or behind the crypts.

For more information, please contact the Guam Office of Veterans Affairs at 475-8388.

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