The 27th annual Arbor Day ceremony was held at Columbia's Makle Park on Friday, April 27. The event was sponsored by the Columbia Borough Shade Tree Commission and the Columbia Tree Society. Master of Ceremonies Pam Williams (above) opened the proceedings.
Council President Kelly Murphy offered remarks on the significance of Arbor Day.
Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School Choir accompanied Duncan in a musical performance.
Amy Evans, chair of the Columbia Borough Shade Tree Commission, offered welcoming remarks.
Mayor Leo Lutz spoke of the environmental value of trees.
Boy Scout Troop #35 gave the salute.
featuring several soloists.
Rick Hartleib from the DCNR Bureau of Forestry spoke again this year and presented the Tree City USA Award.
Sam Edmond planted a tree in memory of his father.
A flag was unveiled recognizing Columbia as a Tree City USA.
Columbia High School senior Marcus Falcon read Joyce Kilmer's "Trees."