A columbarium is defined as
a vault with niches for urns containing the ashes of cremated bodies.
Because of the limited size
of the cemetery at the Naval Academy, the USNA
Alumni Association funded the creation of a USNA columbarium in 1987.
It is located between the cemetery, which is on a small hill adjacent to
the Hospital, and Dorsey Creek. Across
the creek from the columbarium is Worden Field, Alumni Hall and in the distance
the Chapel dome. It is a beautiful
Any graduate of the Naval
Academy who was separated under honorable circumstances is eligible for
inurnment at the Naval Academy columbarium.
There is no cost involved except for $450 to defray the cost of engraving
the niche cover. For both the
veteran and spouse the cost is $750. It
is important to have a copy of the DD-214 as well as copies of the death
certificate and cremation certificate when contacting the Chaplin's office to
arrange for an inurnment.
The Naval Academy
columbarium consists of a series of walls faced with niches.
Each niche is 8.5 wide, 10.25 deep and 10.25 high.
There is room an a niche for two urns for a husband and wife.
The Academy Chaplain's office has information on funeral homes that have
urns in stock that will fit the niches if there is any problem finding an urn
the correct size. In front of the
columbarium is an Oratory which is a covered marble and granite venue that can
seat 70 guests for the ceremony. The
Oratory was donated by the Class of 1959.
The columbarium ceremony for
a veteran, which includes military honors, is as follows:
The ceremony for a spouse is
the same except there are no military honors.
It is possible to arrange
for a service at the Chapel prior to the columbarium ceremony.
It is also possible to arrange for a post ceremony reception at the
Anyone considering the columbarium option should contact the Memorial Affairs Coordinator at the Naval Academy Chaplain's Office. At the present time that person is Ms. Sharon Moffatt. Her telephone number is 410 293-1101 and her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. She can provide you with a package of detailed information.
Prepared by Bill Schraam