Rules and Regulations

Marion Cemetery is private property and while we are open to the public for visitation the MCA reserves the right to refuse access to the cemetery and to refuse the use of any facility at any time to any person or persons whom the MCA may deem objectionable to the best interests of the MCA.

It is Marion Cemetery’s responsibility to maintain the cemetery in a dignified and orderly manner to benefit the collective good of all our families. We know families and friends not only desire, but also need to visit and decorate the grave site of their loved ones.

However, what is appealing to one family may be unappealing to another. Since it is one our primary values to respond to the needs of all our families, Marion Cemetery has tried to establish the fairest set of rules and regulations.

We realize our families will not always agree with our rules and regulations. However, management will enforce the rules and regulations set forth to ensure the safety for all.


Parking inside the cemetery is STRICTLY reserved (Sunday through Saturday)for funeral home vehicles, those attending funeral services, those visiting their loved ones, dedication memorials, special interest sites (Receiving Vault, Merchant Ball, Elk…etc.) and those with office appointments or needing assistances. All other persons are strictly prohibited from parking within the cemetery. (Walkers, Gamers, Sledders, Readers, Picnickers, Nappers, Car Washer/Dryers)

When going to visit your loved one, Do Not Leave Your Car Unlocked!! There have been multiple items (Purses, Keys, Phones) that have been stolen.


Dogs or other pets must be on a leash, tethered to person at all times. NO ELECTRONIC REMOTE LEASHES PERMITTED. Pet walkers   are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Please do not allow your pet into the sections.


Below provides a quick and easy reference on what decorations are permitted for everyone that visits their loved ones.                 

Unauthorized decorations* on cemetery grounds will result in the prompt removal and disposal of item.

  1. NO ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS PERMITTED unless in cemetery approved, permanently attached vases or in saddles on top of raised marker/monuments. Vase and Saddle artificial flowers may remain all year long. Unsightly flowers will be removed.
    • No other item(s) is permitted to be placed in vases or saddles.
    • Saddles are not permitted to be tied down. 
  2. Only Annual Flowers (flowers which die off each year) are permitted April through September.
  3. Planting flowers is at your own risk.
    • We do not intend to mow/trim down your flowers, however mishaps do happen. We apologize should this take place.
    • There is an abundance of wildlife (deer, rabbits, fox, raccoons, groundhogs and coyotes) that may/do eat the flowers.
  4. You may either plant in the ground or have potted plants.
    • The cemetery highly recommends planters in lieu of flower beds.
    • Please build up your flower bed, this makes trimming around the flowers much easier.
    • Should flowers (planted or potted) become unsightly, they will be removed.
  5. Only plant on ONE SIDE of a above ground marker/monument. If you own a monument lot and have also purchased the lots directly behind your monument, you may plant flowers on the backside of the monument only if burials have taken place.
  6. Flower bed can only be the length of the marker/monument, and come out 18 inches from the marker/monument.
  7. Do not plant, mulch or place any items on the sides of marker/monument.
  8. Mulch is only permitted in the flower bed and must be wood mulch. Rubber mulch cannot be used.
  9. Main grass level markers are only permitted to have potted flowers on ONE SIDE of the marker. No in-ground planting is permitted.
  10. When a government marker at the foot of a grave or grass marker for on-top burials is placed, no potted or in-ground planting is permitted. Only flowers at the main marker/monument will be permitted.
  11. During the month of October, all planted flowers and pots must be removed due to annual cleanup.
  12. Only items permitted from Nov 1st through February 15th are Christmas wreath or Christmas cross (Artificial or Fresh) wired to a tri-pod easel no taller than 36” (3 feet). Only two (2) Christmas wreaths or Christmas crosses are permitted per lot. Christmas Planter (Artificial or Fresh) may also be placed.
  13. No in-ground planting is permitted on a lot until a memorial has been placed. However, potted plants may be placed.
  14. Fresh cut flowers (unwrapped) are permitted to be laid on a grave.
  15. Only potted plants are permitted at crypt and niche buildings.
  16. Any item with a point, stick, rod, string, wire or hook is not permitted to be pushed into the ground. The exception to this rule is a wreath/floral stand.
  17. No item is permitted to be taped, affixed, glued, wired, adhered, hung or draped/wrapped around a marker/monument, crypt and niche doors, cremation boulder surface and lids, trees or bushes.
  18. Only one military flag/flag holder is permitted per veteran. Flag holder must be placed as close to the main marker/monument as possible. The only time a flag holder is permitted at a government marker is when the government marker is being used as the main marker, not as a foot marker.

Reasoning behind our rules:

  1. Planting of Perennials is not permitted due to the fact they spread.
  2. In the month of October, cemetery personnel are actively mulching leaves.
  3. We have limited our decoration policy because of the overabundance of items left on lots. And also due to the fact:
    • There is a danger to persons and property when items are left on a grave.
    • Artificial flowers and some other items often contain metals which can cause damage to equipment and if caught by the lawn cutting equipment can cause injury.
    • Items pushed into to ground have a tendency to blow all over the cemetery.
    • One might know, but markers/monuments are not permanently attached to the foundation. Reason being, there are times the cemetery personnel must move marker(s)/monument(s) to obtain enough area to dig a grave. 
    • When items are placed in the winter months, these items freeze in the ground and we cannot remove without damaging the items.
    • Items placed in winter may become covered with snow and cause a hazard to cemetery personnel and visitors.
    • Grave blankets and grave pillows are not permitted because they interfere with the ability to dig graves, kill the grass, and they become a shelter for rodents.
    • Most do not come back to pick up their items. It takes days for cemetery personnel to pick all these items up.
  4. Markers/Monuments, Crypts, Niches and Boulders, Benches are constructed of granite and can be damaged by adhesives and wire used to attach decorations. Damage from such adhesives may include discoloration or may even cause the granite to become brittle. Wire will scratch the surface of the granite and will need to be re-polished. (Repair will be assessed to the Owner or their surviving heirs who have scratch their door on a crypt or niche building). 

Unauthorized decorations*

 *All items such as, but not limited to:

  • Statuary figures
  • candles
  • crosses
  • pictures
  • wind chimes
  • solar/battery item of any kind
  • glass/china/metal containers
  • shepherd’s hook
  • stepping stones
  • toys/stuffed animals
  • clothes
  • drug paraphernalia
  • decorative flags
  • balloons
  • decorative rocks
  • grave blankets/pillows
  • garland
  • bottles/cans
  • coins
  • cigarettes
  • pumpkins/gourds
  • landscape material
  • dolls    
  • any item used to establish a border
  • food
  • garland
  • easter eggs
  • whirly gigs
  • scarecrows
  • bale of hay
  • books

These policies enable our staff to effectively maintain the cemetery grounds and ensure the safety of our visitors. Thank you for helping to keep your cemetery beautiful!

All Lot Owners, their heirs and all visitors on the property owned by Marion Cemetery Association shall be subject to these Rules and Regulations. These Rules and Regulations may be amended from time to time without notice.

Due to varying outdoor conditions, inclement weather conditions and the ongoing maintenance requirements of the cemetery, the MCA is not responsible for any decorations or personal effects left on any part of the cemetery, including any place of interment.


Marion Cemetery is not the responsible party placing or removing flags/flag holders. Local veteran groups coordinate the placing and removal of the flags for Memorial Day.

To help solve the “Missing Flag” problem, Marion Cemetery recommends you take your flag down a week before Memorial Day.  The veterans’ groups will then come in and place their flags for Memorial Day. Sometime after Flag Day, they will come back and remove all the flags. Once this has taken place, you can then bring your flag back and place it in the holder.

If your loved one was in the service and does not have a flag holder/flag, you can go to the Marion County Veterans Services located at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and they will gladly help you with this issue.

Veterans Memorial Coliseum
220 East Fairground Street –  Suite 101
Marion, Ohio 43302

Rules on Placing a Flag on a Veteran’s Grave

You might have known a departed veteran personally, as a family member or friend. Or perhaps you just want to say “thank you” to someone who served your county.

Either way, placing a flag on a veteran’s grave is a respectful and thoughtful gesture. It’s a simple action that goes a long way in demonstrating your support for veterans, both living and deceased.

If you wish to place a flag on a veteran’s grave, it is important to make sure you know the rules of the cemetery.

  1. All flags must be a US Flag or Military Service Branch Flag.
  2. All flags must be in a government provided flag holder.
  3. Only one flag/flag holder is permitted per veteran.
  4. Flag holder must be placed as close to the main marker/monument as possible.
  5. The only time a flag holder is permitted at a government marker is when the government marker is being used as the main  marker, not as a foot marker.
  6. No flag is permitted to be pushed in the ground or in a potted plant.

Note: To properly honor the United States Flag Code, you should avoid using the American flag as gravesite decoration year-round. This is due to the fact they can easily become dirty and tattered by inclement weather.

Marion Cemetery welcomes your questions and concerns.

You may come to the cemetery office to discuss in detail or you can email us at: [email protected]
Complaints are also welcome, however only in a calm and respectful manner. 

Cemetery office hours:

Monday-Friday 8:30 – Noon / 1:00 – 4:30   

Cemetery grounds hours:

Summer 6:30 – 8:30 / Winter 7:30 – 6:00