Special Dates

This is a guide to important dates throughout the year. Some dates are approximate. Follow our Facebook page, sign up for our e-newsletter, or verify with us by phone (231-347-6531) or email (info@gwood.us) before making plans.

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Seasonal schedule

March 1 - Winter items (wreaths and grave blankets) are removed by cemetery staff. 

April 1 - Trinkets, small statues, wind chimes, etc. may be placed in flower beds or pots. Large pots are turned upright by cemetery staff

May 1 - Water faucets turned on (subject to weather)

Week before Memorial Day - Because we are busy preparing the grounds for Memorial Day, the cemetery crew cannot plant shrubbery for you during this week. (This is a service we offer any other time of the year)

September 15 - American flags are removed from veterans' graves

October 1 - Trinkets, small statuary, wind chimes, etc. will be removed by staff in preparation for leaf-blowing season. They will not be saved. 

October 15 - Water faucets turned off for the winter.

November 1 - Flower pots tipped upside down by staff to prevent freezing/breaking

Friday after Thanksgiving - Wreaths and grave blankets may be placed.

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Events

Week before Memorial Day - The Petoskey High School baseball team places American flags at the graves of veterans

Memorial Day - American Legion Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Honor Garden, 9 a.m. Monday, May 30. Please enter through the Sheridan Street gate.

Summer Walking Tour(s) - Follow our Facebook page or sign up for our e-newsletter for details on this annual offering: Sign me up

Third Saturday in December - Wreaths Across America wreath placement day beginning at 10 a.m. This has grown to be a treasured local event where people bring their friends and families to the cemetery to help place wreaths on the graves of veterans. 

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Holidays
  • New Year's Day

  • Memorial Day

  • Fourth of July

  • Labor Day

  • Thanksgiving and the day after 

  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

The cemetery office is closed in observance of these holidays. We do offer interments on these days (unless they land on a Sunday), but with an added charge used toward overtime pay for staff.