Memorial Day Ceremony
11 a.m. CDT, Monday, May 25. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1913 in Hopkinsville will hosted Memorial Day services at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West. The guest speaker was Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks. John Brame, commander of Post 1913, placed the wreath. Cemetery Director Richard Stanley gave the Year of Honors remembrance of all those interred at KVCW since Memorial Day 2014. Johnny C. Brown played taps as VFW Post 1913 conducted the U.S. flag retirement ceremony. Pennyrile Honor Guard posted the colors; VFW Post 1913 Honor Guard retired the colors. Lunch wasserved at VFW Post 1913 at noon following the ceremony.
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West is located on 99 acres on Route 41A south of Hopkinsville at mile marker 11. It opened in 2004. As of May 30, 2013, it has interred 2,314, including 1,748 veterans, 566 dependents and 17 service members killed in action.
KVCW Director Richard Stanley, left, with the KVCW staff, presents an original painting of the cemetery to KDVA Commissioner Heather French Henry during her visit to Hopkinsville May 9, 2015.
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West
5817 Fort Campbell Boulevard
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
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