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
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
Wreaths at KVCN
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
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
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.
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North
205 Eibeck Lane
Williamstown, KY 41097
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