Guardians of the National Cemetery

Our Goal: Honor those who served.

To Honor our comrades in arms laid to rest at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

Who we are:

The Guardians of the National Cemetery is a locally-based volunteer organization. Our sole mission is to serve as official support committee for the Washington Crossing National Cemetery, so designated by the Veterans Administration. We are a tax exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation (tax id number: 26-2587955). We exist exclusively for charitable and educational purposes in order to advocate for, preserve and support the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Bucks County on behalf of the veterans of the Armed Services of the United States of America. All of our funds, whether income or principal, and whether acquired by gift or contribution or otherwise, shall be devoted to this purpose.

Why we serve: They gave all that was asked. Now it's our turn.

The mission of the Washington Crossing National Cemetery is to provide for the honorable funeral service and burial of eligible veterans. Our purpose is to honor our departed comrades. The Washington Crossing Honor Guard Detail, organized by our volunteers, provides a supplementary ceremonial rifle squad salute at each veteran's interment service to enhance the Military Funeral Honors provided by the Military Services.

What we do: Honor their service. Comfort their families.

As a committee, we conduct volunteer recruitment and training programs. We also organize fundraising efforts to support the Washington Crossing National Cemetery to provide supplementary programs, beautification and memorial programs, and the design and construction of memorials and stone monuments. We are working hard to promote the attainment of National Shrine status for the Washington Crossing National Cemetery through beautification endeavors on the cemetery grounds. One example of our efforts is the creation and maintenance of an Avenue of Flags, comprised of the US Flag donated by families of veterans who received the Burial Flag at the funeral service for their loved ones.

We strive to improve public awareness of the mission of Veterans Administration national cemeteries. We assist the staff of the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in the planning and conduct of major ceremonies and special events. We assume responsibility for planning and executing observances of Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and other such days deemed appropriate to commemorate and honor those who served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, or those interred in the cemetery.

The Guardians of the National Cemetery serve to promote the unified and constructive interest of all veterans' organizations, veterans' auxiliaries, and other like minded organizations in the celebration of patriotic holidays, with such ceremonies as may be appropriate to conduct patriotic cermonials for all those forces that serve the national defense and keep America strong and free.