WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
Thanks to our many supporters who made our 2nd Wreaths Across America Day such a success! We exceeded our wreath purchase goal by 9% this year, with 763 wreaths purchased.
And, thanks to our volunteers! On December 19, more than 250 volunteers, wearing masks and practicing social distancing, paid tribute to veterans. Special shout-out to the Girl Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts, DAR members, Assist Goals members, Yorktown High School National Honor Society members, Notre Dame Alumnae Association and all the community members who came out to Remember, Honor and Teach by laying wreaths on veterans’ graves in Columbia Gardens Cemetery. Last, thanks to the volunteers who helped with picking up the wreaths from grave sites on January 9. We had so many volunteers, the work went very quickly.
VIRTUAL FUNERAL SERVICES ARE NOW AVAILABLE
A virtual gathering helps bring family and friends together in a time of need. Columbia Gardens Cemetery now offers virtual “Zoom” video for burial and cremation services, when distance or other circumstances are keeping people apart. Crystal clear video and audio can be shared with hundreds of people, as they come together to celebrate the life of a loved one. For details, call our office at 703.527.1235.
WE ARE HERE FOR YOU DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
Columbia Gardens Cemetery continues to provide comfort and services for families in their time of loss during the Coronavirus health crisis. We can arrange to meet with you for a same-day appointment or speak with you via phone to assist with arrangements for funeral services, purchase of burial space or other needs. Simply call us at 703.527.1235.
Our grounds remain open from daylight to dusk and offer a beautiful setting to enjoy a moment of peace in the middle of these stressful times. You are welcome to enjoy walking throughout our grounds.
COLUMBIA GARDENS NOW AN ARBORETUM
Columbia Gardens Cemetery has been awarded a Level I Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving standards of professional practices for arboreta and botanic gardens. We are proud to have achieved national Arboretum status based on the care of our grounds, preservation of our trees, and management of our environment. As you walk through our beautiful grounds, you will see that many of our tree species are marked with signs that have QR codes to provide an enhanced learning experience for our visitors.
For more information about our Arboretum status, visit http://arbnet.org/morton-register/columbia-gardens-cemetery.
AGENTS OF DISCOVERY
At Columbia Gardens Cemetery, the Agents of Discovery mission encourages young and young-at-heart visitors to the cemetery to move, play, and learn in nature as they solve geo-triggered, augmented reality challenges. Agent Tom S. Fox is your guide as you explore the history of the cemetery, the stories of those buried here and the beautiful natural surroundings.
How to Play:
Download the free “Agents of Discovery” app onto your mobile device from the app store.
Under Missions search for Columbia Gardens Cemetery and download the mission.
Download this map to make your mission easier to follow.
Allow the app to access your camera for augmented reality challenges as well as location for activating challenges.
It is recommended that you have the sound turned on.
It is not necessary to register or login to play.