WINDSOR VETERANS MEMORIAL CEMETERY
RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

1.      Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery is a tract of land situated to the east of East Street, bounded on the south by Riverside Cemetery, on the north by town property and on the east by the Farmington River.  This tract of land is governed by the Town Manager of the Town of Windsor.

 Rules governing this tract are the Rules and Regulations of the Veteran's Cemetery Committee governing public cemeteries and such other special rules and regulations applying directly to this tract. 

3.      WHO MAY BE INTERRED

(A)        Any person who served on active duty in the Army, Navy, Air Corps, Marine  Corps, or the Coast Guard of the United States during any of the wars or campaigns in which the United States participated. Dates are established by the federal government.

(B)        Or who, being a citizen of the United States, served on active duty in the Military, Naval or Air Forces of any of the governments associated with the United States during the World Wars.

(C)         Or the wife (or husband as in the case of the female Veteran) of the veterans referred to in the above sections (A) and (B), provided the veteran gives assurance that he will eventually be buried in the adjacent grave.

4.      EVIDENCE OF RIGHT

It is the prerequisite that the deceased shall have other than a dishonorable discharge from the service. The production of a discharge other than dishonorable of a deceased veteran will be sufficient authority, to permit interment.  In cases where the discharge cannot be produced, sufficient information and guarantee as to:  the eligibility must be produced by a responsible person or relative, which must be followed by material evidence in due time.  The veteran must have either entered the service from Windsor, or must be a current legal resident.  If a former legal resident is living in another part of the country at the time of his or her death due to retirement or health reasons and wishes to be buried in his home town this is permitted.  Of course, the grave reserved for either spouse is always available no matter where he or she may be living.

 

5.      GRAVE REGISTRATION

Upon the interment of the veteran or wife of the veteran, the adjoining grave site will be reserved for the surviving widow or veteran, as the case may be.  No other reservations will be made. In the case of cremation of either veteran or spouse, a single grave will be used for both interments.

6.               No charge is made for grave space, but the usual fees for opening, etc. will be made.

7.               HEADSTONES

The standard upright headstones furnished by the federal government will be used exclusively for the veterans.  The headstones for the wife or husband, in the case of the female veteran, will be flush with the ground and provided at the families expense.

 

8.      GENERAL GUIDELINES 

           The cemetery will be open to the public during daylight hours, seven days a week.

           All persons within the cemetery will conduct themselves in a manner respectful of a hallowed place. Indecorous behavior will not be tolerated and persons violating reasonable standards of behavior will be asked to leave.

           Out of respect for our veterans, dogs are prohibited on cemetery property.

           Motor vehicles shall be driven at a speed no greater than 10 miles per hour.

           Motor vehicles shall not be driven on grass areas unless so directed.  

           Parked vehicles shall not block the roadways.

           Bicycles and motorized cycles are allowed on the roads in the cemetery if the riders are there for the purpose of visiting a deceased veteran and/or deceased family member.

 

           Skateboards, roller blades, manual scooters and any other such type of recreation or transportation are not allowed in the cemetery.

           No firearms (excluding military honor guards) are allowed.

           The consumption of alcoholic beverages or food is not allowed.

           All visitors are forbidden from damaging trees, shrubs, plants or lawns.  The cemetery grounds and/or grave markers may not be marked, defaced or damaged in any way.  

 

           Decorative stones placed around the headstones are not allowed and will be removed.

 

           Unauthorized decorations such as statues, vigil lights, support stands of any kind, breakable objects or bottles

          of  any  kind, plaques, wind chimes, knick-knacks, sports equipment or balls, balloons, stuffed animals, toys, greeting or

        playing cards, and similar commemorative items are not permitted on the graves.

 

              Adornments that are considered offensive, inconsistent with the dignity of the cemetery, or considered hazardous to cemetery personnel are not permitted.  For example, items incorporating beads or wires may become entangled in mowers or other equipment and cause injury.

 

                  FLORAL TRIBUTES FOR GRAVESITES

 

             Floral arrangements accompanying the casket or urn at the time of burial will be placed on the completed grave. Natural cut flowers may be placed on graves at any time of the year. They will be removed when they become unsightly at the opinion of cemetery personnel, or when it becomes necessary to facilitate cemetery operations such as mowing.

 

             Artificial flowers and potted plants will be permitted on graves during a period when their presence will not interfere with grounds maintenance.  They will be removed when they become unsightly or damaged, at the opinion of cemetery personnel.  Only disposable containers no larger than 8 inches in diameter are permitted.  Maximum of one (1) container per grave.

 

              Permanent earthenware or stone pots are not allowed.

 

              Holiday wreaths, grave blankets and other seasonal adornments may be placed on graves from December 15th through January 15th.  They may not be secured to headstones or markers.

              The planting of trees, shrubs or flowers by the public is prohibited.

              Decorations, adornments, artificial flowers, pots and containers removed from graves will be placed for a 30 day period in an inconspicuous holding area prior to disposal. If not retrieved by the donor, they will be disposed of at a time and in a method deemed appropriate. The cemetery will not be responsible for damaged or lost containers, floral tributes, or decorations.

          In all cases not specifically covered by instructions, the ruling of the Cemetery Committee will be final.

11.           All interments will be made in chronological order, starting with Grave No. 1.