Holiday & Cleanup Dates

Cemetery

Notice:
  • All cemetery decorations are discarded by cemetery staff when they are determined to be old, unsightly or create maintenance problems.
  • Unless the decorations are confined to the headstone and surrounding concrete border they will be removed as scheduled by cemetery staff.

Holiday and Commemorative
Temporary Decorations Schedule
If cemetery patrons wish to keep any temporary decoration they must be retrieved or they will be discarded by the cemetery staff according to this schedule.

Winter Holiday and Commemorative Decorations (November through February) 30 DAYS
All holiday and commemorative decorations, November through February, must be removed 30 days following the event.Cemetery staff will discard any remaining holiday decorations.

Summer Holiday and Commemorative Decorations (March through October) 14 DAYS
All holiday and commemorative decorations, March through October, must be removed 14 days following the event. Cemetery staff will discard any remaining holiday decorations.

Funeral Decorations 7 DAYS
All funeral decorations must be removed 7 days following the funeral. Cemetery staff will discard any remaining funeral decorations.

March through October: All decorations displayed on the grass or that spill out onto the grass will be discarded by the Cemetery Staff as scheduled above. EXCEPTION: MEMORIAL WEEK.

Decorations
Winter & Spring Cleanup Schedule
Winter Cleanup 2018 (weather and snow permitting)
3rd Sunday in February - Cemetery patrons must remove winter decorations
3rd Monday in February - Cemetery staff discards winter decorations

Spring Cleanup 2018
4th Sunday in April - Cemetery patrons must remove spring decorations
4th Monday in April - Cemetery staff discards spring decorations

Mother's Day and Memorial Day Commemorative
Decorations Schedules
(In 2018 the time between Mother's Day and Memorial Day is only 2 weeks. This reduces the time Mother's Day decorations can remain at the gravesite. Mainenance staff must have time to remove the decorations from the grass and cut the grass for Memorial Day.)

Mother's Day 2018
Wednesday, May 9 - Patrons may begin decorating for Mother's Day
Sunday, May 13 - Mother's Day
Thursday, May 17 - Patrons must remove all Mother's Day decorations
Friday, May 18 - Cemetery staff discards Mother's Day decorations and cuts the grass

Memorial Day 2018
Wednesday, May 23 - Patrons may begin decorating for Memorial Day
Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day
Sunday, June 3 - Patrons must remove Memorial Day decorations
Monday, June 4 - Cemetery staff discards Memorial Day decorations and cuts the grass

Lost or Stolen Items

Please be aware that the City of Spanish Fork, including the cemetery staff, is not responsible for lost or stolen items. With that said, as we go about our daily routine, we do our best to watch for suspicious behavior in the cemetery and confront individuals when warranted. We do not patrol the grounds for the express purpose of apprehending thieves. Please do not place anything of extreme value at gravesites.

Notice:
  • All cemetery decorations are discarded by cemetery staff when they are determined to be old, unsightly or create maintenance problems.
  • Unless the decorations are confined to the headstone and surrounding concrete border, they will be removed as scheduled by cemetery staff.

Commemorative Decorations Explanations

Mother's Day

  • We ask patrons to begin decorating for Mother's Day no earlier than the Wednesday before Mother's Day.
  • When Mother's Day and Memorial day are three weeks apart, we typically allow the decorations to stay through the Sunday following Mother's Day.
  • Unless the decorations are confined to the headstone and surrounding concrete mow strip, they will be removed as scheduled.
  • All decorations displayed on the grass or that spill out onto the grass will be discarded by the cemetery staff as scheduled above.
  • This allows the cemetery staff to continue with the routine landscape maintenance responsibilities.

Memorial Day

  • We ask patrons to begin decorating for Memorial Day no earlier than the Wednesday before Memorial Day.
  • We allow the decorations to stay through the Sunday following Memorial Day.
  • Unless the decorations are confined to the headstone and surrounding concrete mow strip, they will be removed as scheduled.
  • All decorations displayed on the grass or that spill out onto the grass will be discarded by the cemetery staff on the Monday, one week following Memorial Day.
  • This allows the cemetery staff to continue with the routine landscape maintenance responsibilities.

Permanent Decorations


Permanent decorations are those intended to remain at the grave site for periods in excess of 30 days. These items usually include shepherd hooks (vertical structures), solar lighting, artificial flowers, flags and memorabilia.

In order to provide a high standard of care with a limited staff it is necessary to implement guidelines governing all permanent decorations. All shepherd hooks, works of art and solar lights must be approved by the sexton before installation. If not approved they cannot be installed!

July 1, 2017: Only one (1) Shepherd Hook (vertical structure) is allowed for each burial position.

  • We ask patrons to remove any shepherd hooks that violate this policy.
  • We ask patrons to gain approval from the cemetery sexton before installing a shepherd hook.
  • Shepherd hooks must be installed touching the concrete base or stone or inserted directly into the concrete base or stone.
  • No shepherd hook or item hanging from the shepherd hook can protrude beyond the boundary of the stone or concrete base.
  • No shepherd hook or item hanging from the shepherd hook can exceed six feet in height from the ground elevation.
  • No permanent decoration may be placed on the grass outside of the headstone or concrete mowing strip.
  • Ground elevation or flush grave markers installed in the mow path must remain free from all decorations March through October.
  • March through April: All decorations displayed on the grass or that spill out onto the grass will be discarded by the Cemetery Staff.
Notice:
  • All cemetery decorations are discarded by cemetery staff when they are determined to be old, unsightly or create maintenance problems.
  • Unless the decorations are confined to the headstone and surrounding concrete border, they will be removed as scheduled by cemetery staff.