Battle Creek Memorial Park
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Contents

- Rules, Regulations, Policies and Procedures
- Perpetual Care
- Hours of Operation
- Cemetery Records
- Conduct in the Park
- General Care and Maintenance of the Park
- Gardens Lots and Interment Spaces
- Mausoleum Crypts
- Columbarium Niches
- Pricing Purchase and Ownership
- Interments, Entombments, Inurnments and Committal Services
- Monuments and Markers – Crypt, Niche and Memorial Lettering
- Decorations

Monuments and Markers – Crypt, Niche and Memorial Lettering

A monument is defined as an upright granite memorial. A marker is defined as a granite or bronze memorial installed flush with the ground.

Battle Creek Memorial Park Association shall provide monuments and markers for placement in Memorial Park. Monuments and markers provided by dealers other than the Association shall be acceptable as long as they comply with Association requirements. These requirements shall be available to anyone. Memorial Park may refuse to accept monuments and markers from any dealer it may consider disreputable or incompetent. Data that the Association may keep involving specific memorials is to be considered proprietary. Dealers wishing to match materials and design or determine required lettering will need to make their own investigation.

Monuments will only be erected on designated monument spaces. Monuments will be centered on the monument space unless centered on a pairing of contiguous monument spaces. Only one monument will be installed on a monument space or pairing of monument spaces. Monument spaces may be subdivided in two if both resulting spaces are at least ten feet in length. Battle Creek Memorial Park Association reserves the right to determine the proper placement and orientation of all monuments.

Monument spaces are found in all gardens with the exception of Little Angel Rest, Lakeside Garden, Friendship Garden, Garden of the Cross, Fountain Garden and Sunset Peaceful Rest Garden. Monument spaces are only available to buyers purchasing half or more of the lot grouping. The availability of any monument space is subject to prior sale.

A marker may be placed on any interment space within the Park. Markers are to be placed at the head of the interment space. In the event the interment space is subdivided into a front half and a rear half the second marker will be placed at the midpoint of the interment space. A marker may be placed at either end of a monument space in the event monument space one and/or monument space two is used. All markers are to face the front of the lot. Battle Creek Memorial Park Association reserves the right to determine the proper placement and orientation of all markers.

The appropriate Certificate of Interments Rights must be issued before any monument or marker is installed.

All monuments are to be constructed of granite. Marble, limestone, sandstone, soapstone and southern grey granite are not permitted. All monuments are to sit on a granite protective base. These bases are to be at least 48-inches long, 14-inches wide and 8-inches thick. Bases must include an unfinished unlettered protective band of not less than 4-inches in height from the ground level. The die portion of all monuments must be at least 22-inches high, 36-inches in length and 8 inches thick. The overall height of any monument and base must not exceed 60-inches in height. The overall length of any monument and base must not exceed the length of the monument space.

All markers are to be constructed of granite or bronze. Marble, limestone, sandstone, soapstone and southern grey granite are not permitted. The 24-inch by 12-inch granite markers provided by the Veterans Administration shall be acceptable for use on standard interment spaces. All bronze markers are to be attached to a 4-inch thick concrete or granite base. Single granite markers for use on standard interment spaces are to be 24-inches by 12-inches by 4-inches thick. Single markers for use on infant spaces or monument spaces are to be 20-inches by 10-inches by 4-inches thick. Double markers for use on two contiguous side-by-side interment spaces are to be 44-inches by 14-inches by 4-inches thick. When a standard interment space is divided, separate 24-inch by 12-inch markers shall be used for each interment.

The lettering and design on any monument or marker is to be in good taste. The General Manager may refuse the installation of any monument or marker he or she may deem to be inappropriate or offensive. The names and dates on all monuments and granite markers are to be cut at least 3/16-inch into the face of the granite. All paints, stains, lithochrome or other colorings are prohibited. The legal name of the deceased must be included on all markers or marker/monument combination. A family name must appear on both the front and back of all monuments. The lettering of any monument or marker must correspond to the actual location of the interment or false burial. It shall be the responsibility of all monument and marker suppliers to determine the correct arrangement of given names. A false burial will require the designation of a specific interment space.

Emblems, plaques, cameos and the like are permitted as long as they are permanently affixed to the die portion of a monument. These emblems, plaques, cameos and the like must be made of a material suitable for memorial use. Such attachments are not permitted on markers.

All markers are to be installed flush with the ground. All monuments are to be placed on a cement foundation that extends below the frost line. This cement foundation shall not extend beyond the length and width of the monument base and shall not protrude above grade. All monument foundations are to be installed by the Association. All monuments are to be set on this foundation by the memorial supplier. All markers are to be installed by the Association. All bronze markers are to be installed on a cement or granite base.

An installation authorization order, along with the appropriate installation fee, must be received by the Association before any monument or marker is installed at Memorial Park. This installation authorization is to include memorial specifications, the specific location and a signature of the property owner or authorized agent. The appropriate fee for the installation of markers provided by the Veterans Administration shall be paid at the time the Association signs the government application. Installations are not likely to occur after mid-October or before mid-April. Memorial and foundation installations are grouped in batches and are scheduled on an as needed basis. The Association may refuse delivery of any monument or marker when the appropriate installation authorization order/ government application and fee has not been received.

Monuments shall be installed Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8am and 4pm. The required foundation order and fee must have been received and the foundation must be complete before the installation takes place. Memorial Park will not receive a monument shipped to the Association by common carrier. Memorial Park may postpone monument installation when such work might damage the grounds. Markers shall to be delivered to the Association’s utility building Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8am and 4pm. Markers shipped via common carrier shall include inside delivery. Markers are not to be placed on the interment space by the supplier. The return of any memorial due to rules and regulation requirements shall be the responsibility of the supplier.

Memorial Park shall arrange for lettering or design additions to previously installed monuments and markers. Such work shall require the appropriate permission from the owner of the memorial or authorized agent. Outside contractors shall also be permitted to add lettering or design to previously installed monuments and markers. It shall be the responsibility of these contractors to secure the appropriate permission. All lettering and design work shall take place weekdays between the hours of 8am and 4pm. All contractors must receive clearance for the Association before proceeding with such work.

The lettering of all Mausoleum crypt and columbarium niche shutters shall be completed by Memorial Park. Such lettering will be completed in accordance with lettering patterns established for each building. Outside contractors shall not be permitted to do this work.

Urns set on monument spaces in place of a monument or urns set at each end of a monument shall be set on cement foundations installed by Memorial Park for a stated fee.

All monuments, markers and urns are placed at the sole risk of the property owner.

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Battle Creek Memorial Park Association
2435 West Territorial Road · Battle Creek, MI 49015
(269) 963-7577 · FAX (269) 963-7591