Kentucky's State Veterans Cemeteries

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The mission of KDVA's Cemetery Branch is to ensure dignified interment for veterans in a sacred space that stands as a tribute to their service for the nation and the Commonwealth. KDVA currently operates four State Veterans Cemeteries and is planning a fifth state veterans cemetery in Leslie County (Southeastern Kentucky).

Photos from Memorial Day Ceremonies at State Veterans Cemeteries

New Gold Star Sibling License Plate Available January 4, 2016

Beginning January 4, 2016, a Gold Star Sibling license plate will become available to individuals whose sibling died while serving the country in the United States Armed Forces. To honor their deceased loved ones, the creation of the plate was established by House Bill 209, passed by the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly.  The Gold Star Sibling plate will be available for passenger vehicles and motorcycles. For purposes of this legislation, “sibling” means a sibling by blood, a sibling by half-blood, a sibling by adoption, or a stepsibling.

As with other military plates, there are restrictions.  To receive the plate, a Gold Star Sibling Affidavit must be completed and submitted to the Kentucky Department of Veterans’ Affairs (KDVA).  Applicants must include full name, address, email and phone number, as well as verification of the service member's death while on active duty.  Such verification can be a DD Form 1300 or other third-party verification such as contemporary newspaper articles.  KDVA will confirm eligibility and provide a letter of qualification directly to the county clerk office on behalf of the license plate applicant.

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According to Kentucky law, the individual must be a Kentucky veteran for burial at one of the state veteran cemeteries.  Examples include: born in KY, served at one of the U.S. military installations in KY, lived in KY, home of record in KY.

Hours of Operation

Kentucky's State Veterans Cemeteries are open to the public 24 hours, seven days a week.  Normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, not including state holidays.  Interments take place on non-holiday weekdays only.  Saturdays, Sundays and holidays are reserved for families and loved ones of those interred to visit in peace and quiet.


Total interment services include:

  • Furnishing grave or columbarium space
  • Opening and closing the grave
  • Providing the interment site with perpetual care
  • Supplying a suitable marker or headstone
  • Furnishing an optional concrete grave liner for casketed burials