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Pikes Peak National Cemetery needs volunteers, has new rules

 

Last updated 10/11/2022 at 12:43pm | View PDF

The local veterans’ cemetery is in need of some volunteers to help with tasks around the facility on a regular basis.

In addition, Pikes Peak National Cemetery has some updated regulations concerning decorations that may be of interest to visitors wanting to bring items to a loved one’s grave.

“The floral regulations are changing slightly, and updates will be included in our new PPNC brochures,” PPNC Director Skyler Holmes said. 

Here are important excerpts from the floral policy:

“We welcome and encourage fresh-cut flowers throughout the year and provide flower containers for gravesite display. Cemetery visitors are free to use the containers located in receptacles placed throughout the grounds. Once the blooms are spent or damaged by weather, they are removed. They also may be removed for routine mowing or other maintenance every Wednesday.

“Artificial flowers are only allowed after the end of mowing operations in the fall on November 30th and must be removed when mowing resumes in the spring on March 15th.

“On Easter and Memorial Day, potted plants and artificial flowers may be placed on gravesites from the Thursday before the holiday until the following Wednesday. During the holiday season, from Thanksgiving through January 15th, wreaths less than 18 inches in diameter and gravesite blankets may be placed on gravesites.

“To maintain the dignity of the cemetery, commemorative items, balloons, pinwheels, glass items, votive lights, food, statues, shepherd’s hooks, permanent plantings and items taller than the marble headstones among other items, are not permitted and will be removed immediately.

“No item or object may be attached to a headstone or marker in a national cemetery.

“Note: Pikes Peak National Cemetery has an abundance of wild life that may eat fresh flowers or arrangements.”

One resident said he spotted a rattlesnake among the gravesites recently. As snakes are common in the area, visitors should be vigilant when walking on the cemetery grounds.

Pikes Peak National Cemetery, which opened in 2018, serves U.S. military veterans and qualifying dependents. It is located at 10545 Drennan Road, just east of Marksheffel Road.

Cemetery visitors also should be aware of a new traffic light that is now active at the intersection of Marksheffel and Drennan. PPNC representatives hope this will ease the backups trying to make a left when leaving the cemetery.

Volunteers needed

Pikes Peak National Cemetery is looking for volunteers who can help with some of the daily tasks and operations of the cemetery. Those who may be interested are asked to contact the cemetery directly at (719) 391-6920 for additional information on how to apply.

Volunteers are needed for:

-Outside greeting of attendees to committal services and staging of processions for those services; monitor traffic in the staging area; maintain the safety of guests while waiting for the procession to start; communicate with assigned cemetery specialist as to immediate family arrival as well as possession of cremains and Flag for Honors, advised of Coach arrival for casket burial, assist in parking at the committal shelters when large services are held; guide general visitors to burial sites.

-Front desk information and answer incoming calls to the PPNC and route them to the appropriate cemetery staff as needed; answer all general questions about eligibility of Veterans and Spouses (and dependent children) burial at the National Cemetery; explain to visitors procedures and contact information with scheduling, Honor Guard contacts, procedure for obtaining a burial flag, assist in completing MDS (headstone) forms, explain general policy (floral) assist Veterans with Pre-needs eligibility approval; assist elderly and disabled visitors with rides to gravesites; assist visitors with the Locator Kiosk; prepare burial packets for next-day services; and much more.. Volunteers need to have a good understanding of operational procedures and cemetery operations.

 

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