Cemetery etiquette guidelines for Memorial Day - KOTA Territory News

Cemetery etiquette guidelines for Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is the national timeout to remember veterans and other loved ones by decorating their graves with floral affection and other mementoes.
You can leave fresh or artificial flower arrangements year-round at Rapid City cemeteries.
However, the city says wilted flowers and other decorations left this holiday must be removed by June 1.
Ozzie Osheim is a Navy Seabees veteran who has served as a funeral director for 62 years in Rapid City. He encourages cemetery visitors to remember they are surrounded by others also remembering their dearly departed.
Stepping on graves is almost a certainty because of the tight spacing between burial plots, he said. However, visitors should avoid stepping on flat headstones and not disturb grave markers or items left at the burial sites. "When you have small children, control your children as to what they do in a cemetery so they donít dedon'tte someone elseís gelse's Osheim said.
He said a small, discrete picnic near the resting place of a loved one is appropriate, however, a loud barbecue party is better suited for the backyard or a city park. He considers music booming from parked cars a "no-no" in cemeteries.
"That doesn't mean you have to be somber at all times in a cemetery, but remember that no matter where you stand in a cemetery, someone has a loved one buried there. No matter what walk of life that person came from, he or she is very important to whoever survives." 
Pets are prohibited at all times at city cemeteries. Visiting hours are posted at cemetery entry gates.
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