Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central

Phased Re-Opening of KDVA State Veterans Cemeteries

UPDATE: In accordance with the new statewide mask mandate from Governor Andy Beshear, all visitors to Kentucky Veterans Cemeteries MUST wear face masks while on cemetery property unless they remain in their cars.  Thank you for your cooperation.

NOTE: Guidance is changing on a daily bases, so it is best to call your State Veterans Cemetery for the current and most up-to-date information.

On June 1, KDVA began a phased re-opening of our five State Veterans Cemeteries. 

In a Memo to State Veterans Cemetery Directors, KDVA Commissioner Keith Jackson detailed the Phase I restrictions and protections for visitation, services and burial honors.

Those include:

  • The Administration Building will be open to visitors only to the extent they can maintain six-feet social distancing.
  • Directors will provide masks for all employees and offer masks to all visitors.
  • Hand sanitizers will be provided at the entrance to the Administration Building.  All staff and visitors must use hand sanitizer.
  • Memorial services will be conducted in accordance with industry-specific guidance, including sanitizing chairs and the podium in the Committal Shelter before each service.
  • Gatherings in the committal shelter will be limited to service participants and family, with seating and standing maintaining physical distancing. Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
  • Rifle teams for Military Honors will maintain physical distancing from each other, the services and other guests. Military Honors team members folding and presenting the flag will wear masks and gloves.
  • Funeral directors will place flowers on the gravesite.
  • Visitors to gravesites do not need to wear masks if they are members of the same family and do not interact with staff.
It is the intent of KDVA to move from Healthy at Home to Healthy at work while keeping our employees, veterans and their families healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The State Cemeteries Branch will continue to provide interments and perpetual care for all qualified veterans and eligible family members in a dignified and compassionate manner worthy of the respect and honor they richly deserve.

Mission

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 five State Veterans Cemeteries across the state.



Wreaths Ceremony Dec. 14

small Simmons Friends and Family.jpgKentucky Veterans Cemetery Central's Wreaths Across America program will be held at 10 a.m. on December 14, 2019.











Memorial Day Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 27, 2019

Keynote Speaker is MG John Evans, Cmdr Ft Knox. 
Ladies of Liberty will provide patriotic music.
Human Resources Honor Guard will perform flag folding and MIA ceremony. 
19th Engineers will fire 21-gun salute.
The main flag will behoisted to full staff at 1200 hrs. 
Ceremony will end at 1215 hrs

Wreaths Across America at KVCC

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Hundreds of volunteers braved a cold drizzle to place 5,000 wreaths on headstones and columbarium walls as part of Wreaths Across America at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.





Patriot Day Volunteers

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Volunteers from the AmeriCorps service program showed up at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff on Sept. 11 to perform Patriots Day community service. 









New Memorials

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The 9-11 and Gold Star Memorials are now complete at KVCC.



Left is the 9-11 Memorial featuring a girder from the World Trade Center towers.

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Front of Gold Star Memorial












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Back of Gold Star Memorial











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Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central is located on 98 acres on Highway 31W near Fort Knox. It opened on June 1, 2007. As of Sept. 1, 2015, It has interred a total of 4,095, including 3,348 veterans, 747 family members and four service members killed in action. 

Memorial Day

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.

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central
2501 North Dixie Boulevard
Radcliff, KY  40160
Phone:  270-351-5115
Fax:  270-351-5445
Email: Charles.Heater@ky.gov 

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 

These are provided at no cost to the veteran.