The staff at Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown Street, reminds residents that decorations for Memorial Day may be placed on graves beginning Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, June 5. During this period, wreaths and decorations of all kinds may be left at gravesites, with no restrictions on the types of containers or materials used. The cemetery will also display the Avenue of the Flags along the main entrance road throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

Friends and family members who wish to keep their gravesite decorations after Memorial Day should remove them no later than June 5. If flags and emblems are still in place after that time, Cemetery staff will remove and store them, although they cannot assume responsibility for preservation of these items.

On Monday, June 6, staff will begin picking up and disposing of other grave decorations that are typically restricted, and will revert to these standard regulations:

  • Only live or dried flowers in plastic or paper mache containers may be used.
  • Glass or tin containers, toys, boxes, and other decorations that might create a mowing hazard are not allowed.
  • Annuals and perennials may be planted adjacent to the stone, if the lot owner and/or family members provide ongoing plant care.

Oakland Cemetery is the City of Iowa City’s public cemetery. For more information, contact Russell Buffington, Cemetery Supervisor, at or 319-356-5105.

Date of publication

Tuesday, May 17, 2016