The staff at Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown Street, reminds residents that decorations for Memorial Day may be placed on graves beginning Thursday, May 21 through Sunday, May 31, 2020. 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 annual Memorial Day Program scheduled for Monday, May 25, 2020 has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Each year the Johnson County Military Affairs Association and the American Legion Post 17 and Auxiliary organize the memorial event to honor those who fought and died for our nation. Although the memorial event is canceled the cemetery plans to 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 May 31. 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 1, 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 papermache 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

Thursday, May 14, 2020