Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North

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.
  • Other guests, mourners and attendees should stay in their parked and shut off cars, socializing through windows only at a distance of six feet.
  • 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

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Interview with Cathy Taylor, KVCN Director


Congratulations to KVCN: Highest-Scoring State Veterans Cemetery in Nation 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug 9, 2019) – After a meticulous two-day inspection by the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North (KVCN) scored 96 – the highest score of any state veterans cemetery in the country. 

“The very highest standards are what we strive to reach every day,” said Benjamin Adams, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, which operates five state veterans cemeteries in Kentucky. “NCA standards are exacting and their inspectors famously strict. To achieve this highest score in the nation is an enormous accomplishment. “Congratulations to KVCN Director Cathy Taylor and all of her staff for their exceptional work.” 

A team of inspectors from NCA visited KVCN on July 24-25. Five highly trained professionals skilled in all aspects of cemetery operations examined KVCN to ensure the cemetery is operating in compliance with the rigorous NCA guidelines. 

They reviewed KVCN in five critical areas: interment operations; grounds maintenance; headstone, markers and niche cover maintenance; equipment maintenance; and other operational standards. They measured the cemetery’s performance on each of the 93 applicable standards using a combination of documentation review, in-person interviews of cemetery staff, visual inspection, and a statistical sampling of gravesites. 

Based on the results of the on-site review, the cemetery earned 89 points out of a possible 93 for an overall compliance percentage of 96%. Based on NCA’s compliance measurement criteria, the cemetery was found to be compliant with the terms and conditions of its VA cemetery grant awards. 

After this inspection, KVCN currently sits as the top-rated State Veteran Cemetery in the country for 2019. 

KVCN was dedicated in August 2008. Most of the staff has been working at KVCN since that day. “The cemetery’s staff stability and dedication is directly reflected in these positive results,” said Al Duncan, KDVA’s Director of Cemetery Services. The staff includes: • Cathy Taylor, Director • Chris Hammonds, Maintenance Superintendent • Elizabeth King, Administrative Specialist III • Jerry Morris, Caretaker II • Devin Hurley, Caretaker II • Roger Sturdivant Temp Caretaker


Memorial Day at KVCN

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More than 300 people attended the Memorial Day ceremony at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown May 27. The guest speaker was Rick Schad, KDVA Chief of Staff.









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

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Wreaths at KVCN

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On Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, veterans, family and friends placed hundreds of wreaths on headstones and columbarium walls at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown to honor the fallen.








Gold Star Families Memorial Groundbreaking

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On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a Gold Star Families Memorial to be installed on the grounds. KDVA Commissioner Ben Adams and Medal of Honor recipient Hershel Woody Wiliams were the guest speakers. KVCN is partnershing with the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation to raise money for the memorial.





Patriotism Service at KVCN

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On Sunday, September 16, 45 members of University of Kentucky chapter of Alpha Sigma Pi came to Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Williamstown to perform community service on their Annual Patriotism Day. They cleaned all 795 headstones, plus benches, monuments, road signs and even windows. This was the third year in a row the fraternity has made KVCN the beneficiary of their service, and each year more members participate.








 
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Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North is located on 99 acres off I-75 at mile marker 154 in Williamstown. It opened August 22, 2008. As of July 9, 2014, KVCN has interred 752 veterans and 136 dependents. It is honored to be the resting place for 2 service members killed in action.  

Columbarium Wall

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Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North                  
205 Eibeck Lane                                                     
Williamstown, KY 41097                                         
Phone: 859-823-0720                                              
Fax:  859-824-0324
Email:  kdva.kvcn@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