Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West

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 West’s Wreaths Across America program will be held on December 14, 2019 starting at exactly 11:00 AM Central.











Aerial Photos

small Simmons Friends and Family.jpgThese aerial photos of Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West were taken by Chris Conley, a drone pilot who kindly offered to run his drone through the cemetery and take pictures.

Thank you very much to Mr. Chris Conley.

More pictures here.




Memorial Day Ceremony at KVCW on Monday, May 27, 2019 

Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Central TIme:

Presentation of Colors
VFW Honor Guard: Quentin Stone, Commander
Rifle Detail: Junior Letts, Don Hood
Flag Bearers: Ken Cunningham, Tommy Shehan
Opening Remarks: John Brame, Commander VFW Post 1913              
Introduction of guest speaker: John Brame, Commander VFW Post 1913
Guest Speaker: Chaplin Colonel US Army (Ret) Richard A. Cooper
Placing of Wreath: John Brame, Commander VFW Post 1913 and Richard Stanley, Director Ky Veterans Cemetery West
Taps: John Brown
Changing of the Cemetery Flag Flag Detail: Robert Aldridge, Ted Wood, Shawn Flanagan, Bud Wink, Richard Block
Benediction: William Poquette, Chaplin VFW Post 1913

Lunch following service at VFW Post 1913


Columbarium Expansion at KVCW

small Simmons Friends and Family.jpgThe new Columbarium Walls at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville are complete.

Pictures here.












Honoring One of the KDVA Family

small Simmons Friends and Family.jpgOn Nov. 15, KDVA honored Marine Veteran Joseph E. King, Sr., who died this year. He was the husband of longtime KDVA Veterans Benefits Field Representative Hope King and the father of their four children. 

KDVA Benefits and Cemetery Staff were present to dedicate the bench. From left, kneeling, Kim Ebelen, seated Carol Livingston, Hope King, Monica Acob, Renita Duff. Standing Ron McClure, Ray Harris, Matt Gadson, Gary Greenfield, Matt LaPierre, Scott Burton, Jonathan Tatum, Terry Cansler, Ed Day.

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KVCWestSunset.jpg KVCW Logo.jpg
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 


Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West
5817 Fort Campbell Boulevard
Hopkinsville, KY  42240
Phone:  270-889-6106
Fax:  270-889-6109
Email: kdva.kvcw@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 24 hours a day, 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