Bakersfield National Cemetery will resume committal services for families who are interring their loved ones starting Monday.
“We are pleased to resume committal services and military funeral honors at Bakersfield National Cemetery,” said Cemetery Director Randy Heard in a news release. “We will also soon be contacting families who chose direct interments to schedule memorial services and military funeral honors, if desired. We appreciate the patience and understanding families have shown during the COVID-19 pandemic and are eager to begin returning to normal operations.”
Interments and visitation have continued during the pandemic, but the cemetery put off committal services and military funeral honors starting March 23.
Families with interments scheduled on or after Monday will be offered the option of a committal service at the time of interment. Military funeral honors, customarily provided by the Department of Defense and volunteer honor guards, will be based on local availability.
In keeping with federal, state and local guidance, committal and memorial services at Bakersfield National Cemetery will be limited to 10 family members and guests at the service. Cemetery employees, funeral home personnel and military honors providers will not count toward the family’s limit.
Families may continue to choose a direct interment without a service and opt for a memorial service later when all restrictions have been lifted.
Memorial services for veterans and eligible family members who were interred without a committal service between March 23 and June 8 will commence in July. Cemetery representatives will be reaching out to these families in the coming weeks about their optoons. Families may also contact the National Cemetery Scheduling Office or the cemetery directly to schedule a memorial service after June 29.
For more information, visit the National Cemetery Administration website or contact Bakersfield National Cemetery at 867-2250. To make burial arrangements or schedule a memorial service at Bakersfield National Cemetery or any VA national cemetery, contact the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at (800) 535-1117.