Opelika mayor suspends rules at cemeteries for the holidays

Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 3:21 PM EST
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OPELIKA, Ala. (WTVM) - Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller has issued an order to suspend rules at City of Opelika cemeteries governing the placement of floral arrangements, wreaths and trinkets on graves to allow loved ones to place extra holiday wreaths or flower arrangements and trinkets on graves.

This change will be in effect from December 1 through January 2.

The rules will return, and be enforced again, on Monday, January 3. Any wreaths, floral arrangements, or trinkets left out at that time will be removed from the gravesites that day, according to the city.

“The only thing that we ask is that at the start of January, that they remove anything that they want to keep. Because, after January 2, our cemetery folks will be picking up and removing those extra items,” said Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller.

Opelika mayor Gary Fuller says the holidays are normally a very cheerful time. However, with so many people losing loved ones during the pandemic, they’re happy to offer a way for people to celebrate those they’ve lost.

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