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).
 



Memorial Day Ceremonies at State Veterans Cemeteries

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North, Williamstown:  11 a.m. EDT, Monday, May 30.
Guest speaker will be COL Alan Back, USAR.  Wreaths will be placed by family members of those interred there. Stephanie Price will sing the National Anthem. MA1 John Rudisell, USN will perform taps. Grant County Honor Guard will post the colors, and the Williamstown Women’s Club will provide refreshments.

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, Hopkinsville:  11 a.m. CDT, Monday, May 30.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1913 (VFW) Hopkinsville will host Memorial Day services at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West again this year. The Pennyrile Honor Guard will present the colors. Guest Speaker will be Lincoln W. Foster. John Brame, Commander of VFW Post 1913 and KVCW Director Richard Stanley will place the wreath. John Brown will play taps.

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East, Greenup County:  10 a.m. EDT, Monday, May 30. The East Carter Junior ROTC will post the color and perform the wreath-laying ceremony. Guest speaker will be Army Veteran and 98th District State Representative Lew Nicholl. Lauren Beth Dickerson will sing the National Anthem. The Musical Carillon will play taps.
 
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Radcliff:  11:30 a.m. EDT, Monday, May 30. Incoming Fort Knox Post Commander Major General Christopher Hughes will be the main speaker and Vietnam helicopter pilot John Flanagan will be a special guest speaker.  The Heartland Fillies will provide special music.
    KVCC is seeking volunteers to place flags on gravesites this Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m.

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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Qualifications

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.

Services

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